Friday, May 15, 2009

Waiting

Waiting to hear back from Editor X.

Met her at a conference on March 29th.

Submitted on March 31st.

May 11th - no mail.

May 12th - friend gets back a "no" from Editor X.

She submitted April 18th. I do the math. Does this mean Editor X is giving mine serious consideration?

Run and check mail. Nothing.

May 13th - check mail. See a business size envelope addressed to me. Heart skips a beat. Not from Editor X. Phew!

May 14th - check mail. Still nothing.

May 15th - mail hasn't come yet. Check cover letter. Yup. Sent March 31st. Perhaps X is taking story to an editorial meeting? Must be. Unless manuscript got lost?

Must exercise instead of sitting by window all day looking for mailman.

12 comments:

beth said...

I SO SHARE YOUR PAIN.

*sigh*

Here's what you need to do: order some really nice chocolate. Make sure it will ship to you on various different days. Then, when you check the mail and it's not there, at least chocolate will be.

Lisa and Laura said...

Do I even need to tell you that we are SO in the same place right now? Waiting is the worst, but it will totally be worth it once we all have lovely book deals, right? RIGHT.

J.L. Finnell said...

You sound like me. Every time I hear the thunk of mail landing on my door step, my chest constricts. When I'm submitting, mail delivery is the scariest part of my day!

Tyler said...

Oh golly, the waiiittting. Worst part of the publishing business.

I'm thinking the editor loved it soo much she forged your signature on the 6 figure-advance book deal with 50% royalties, so that they wouldn't delay before another house scooped it up. Your check is in the mail. :)

B.J. Anderson said...

Don't you just love it?! Wait, wait, wait, and wait some more. Sigh. Good luck with it!

Casey said...

Good luck, Corey!!

Tess said...

No news is good news, right???

Corey Schwartz said...

That certainly seems to be true in this business, Tess. It took Walker TEN months to get back to me with a yes for my first book! I know six weeks is very short for the publishing industry. But Editor X did hear the beginning of my story at a First Page session and expressed some interest. So, I thought her response time would be faster!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Waiting is so painful! I feel for you. Here's hoping we all get good news soon :)

The Book Chook said...

I think Beth's suggestion is great. But I know like all writers you'd prefer a yes over chocolate any day. It's such a torturous obsession, you have to ask yourself why we put ourselves through it!

Hardygirl said...

I always wonder if these editors know what we go through. I guess they do if they read blogs and (duh) they work with WRITERS. But, it's worse than waiting for a prom date. Or waiting for your contractor to show up and put doors on your kitchen cabinets (a whole year later, no lie!!!).

I think at this point, no news is good news. I also think that there is nothing that anyone can say that will make you stop obsessing.

Glad we all have each other--sf

Prince Balthazar said...

Good luck. I know it has to be nerve-wracking. I'm just starting to query and I'm already obsessively check email.

Must...
control...
self...

Wait. I gotta go check email.