It’s been two months and one week since I submitted my manuscript and I’d only received an answer yesterday. I was weirdly calm but jumped every time my phone buzzed hoping it was an email; acceptance or not.
Here are my 3 top tips to remain sane while waiting:
1. Learn About the Industry
Ever remember being frustrated at someone for taking ages to do something? Remember realising they had ten steps to do beforehand allowing you to gain insight? That’s the same with the publishing industry.
If you take the time to learn why the agent or publisher takes longer than a week to read your manuscript, it will dial up your patience meter.
For example, I submitted to a publishing house which actively requests unsolicited authors. They have a large volume of submissions to go though. Compare them with another house which may only be open once a week for unsolicited authors.
And if you think about how long it takes to read a novel, combined with passing the manuscript through their approval channels if they do like it. There’s no wonder it takes months to sign a contract.
2. Give yourself something else to do
Start the next manuscript, work on poetry or learn how to make kites.
However I recommend working on your next story idea. It’ll keep your writing muscle strong and you won’t be wasting time. If the pitching process has to take months, get cracking on something else.
If an agent or publisher asks what else you have up your sleeve you’ll have an answer.
3. Get Ready To Move Onto The Next One
Before you start pitching have a list of people and/or places to submit to. Break them up into rounds and submit to each round in turn. This will save time because multiple people are reading your work and if all reject it, you’ll have another round to go on with. More possibilities and maybe acceptances.
This will help to not lose heart. The road hasn’t ended, you just haven’t reached your destination yet.
Good luck with your journey! I hope this helps 🙂
I’m still on my journey to publication. My manuscript was rejected yesterday, but I will keep going. One rejection doesn’t mean a great deal because the selection process can be very subjective and it doesn’t always mean the writing is terrible. I will continue on with submission and hopefully find a home for my characters. <3