Waiting Sucks! Good writing partners will get you through.

by Amber Keyser
Published on: December 19, 2011
Categories: Challenges
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Recently I’ve found myself commiserating with Scriva members and with my writer buddies on Twitter about the waiting game.  I don’t know what I’d do without their knowing nods, the shared irritation, and the “keep the faith” tweets.  This business can be crazy-making.

So I was excited to find (via my Tweeps, of course) this great blog post by agent Natalie Lakosil.  She says everything I would say (except my recommendation of Ralph Keyes amazing THE WRITER’S BOOK OF HOPE).  Here’s an except and a link to the entire post.

How to Survive WAITING by Natalie Lakosil

…and waiting. And…waiting.

Before you ask – oh yes. Agents wait too. Sure, we may be relatively calm about it – we resist the urge to pick up the phone and eagerly ask…well?? Resist the “just checking in!” emails until a reasonableamount of time has passed. Don’t DM our editor friends just PLEADING for an update.

But we are equally as excited about the work we put into the submission world as any writer – and we go equally bat s**t crazy with stalking urges during the “waiting to hear back” process (well…I suppose I shouldn’t speak on behalf of ALL agents…maybe I’m just terribly impulsive and impatient and oh god what if it really DOES suck and I’m just kidding myself here and would it REALLY be so bad just to email NOW or maybe I should start submitting some more just to even out the numbers again but what IF I get an offer and I guess I can wait one…more…day……)

Sound familiar?

Regardless of who you are in the writing world, waiting sucks.

Click here to read the rest.

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