Sunday, April 18, 2010

Patience?

Here is what it’s like one hour after you send out your queries:

And it’s simultaneously like this:

check email

glance at blank screen of new document to continue writ—

check email

check email again

check Twitter

email

email

coffee

email

bathroom

email

new document

email

new documentemailnewdocumentemailemailemailemailemailemail

blink

stare really, really hard at your email screen

apply powers of persuasion

what? there’s an email

celebra—

WAIT

Autoresponse: “We have received your query.”

continue to stare

SIGH

check email again

consult WikiHow:   How to Be Patient

Shallow. Frigging. Breaths.

DEEEEEEEEP BREATH

flip on some music to drown out the crickets

create split screens: one for new document, one for email

stare at the email screen out of the corner of your eye

check email

SCREAM

Shut off the computer and go make a cocktail.

65 comments:

  1. haha, Cheers! Enjoy your cocktail. :-)

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  2. Hahahahahahahaha. Omg yes. And if you have a phone with internet, when you leave the house, it's the same :-P

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  3. LOL! Though I have to admit I have long since stopped waiting for responces. I will get an answer when I get an answer. During that time of "waiting" I do other things to help me forget I've sent something out.

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  4. I feel for you. Waiting is the worst. Have you thought about starting to write something else? Just to throw your mind into something new. It could be a short story or a novel... whatever. But the constant staring at the email screen could very well make you crazy. Besides, think optimistically. They are going to love it so much, they are going to say they want it AND what else do you have? If you are writing something else you can tell them you have something in the works and it will be *true.*

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  5. I know the feeling! I'm in a perpetual state of waiting on various projects. My husband thinks I check my email too much!

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  6. The crickets have got me howling. :D

    This would be excellent time to put in a yoga or pilates DVD. You can do some meditative exercise, pause, check email, do some more exercise, pause, check email, etc. That way you might not take a hammer to the computer.

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  7. Definitely go get something to eat and take your mind off things. Crickets are awful!

    This post had me cracking up all over my laptop.

    Jai

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  8. Melissa, ha! I do believe I will. ;)

    A, you stinker. Thanks for planting THAT idea in my head ;)

    Bish, you are so right! I have a ton of CP reading to catch up on at the very least. Will get right on that! Now if I can just keep my mind on the task!

    Robin, you're absolutely right, of course. I do have a second manuscript in its second draft waiting to be edited and sent to CPs. Perhaps I will get to that soon. That is a wonderful idea.

    Aubrie, I think we all do. Perhaps it goes back to that human need to connect. Imagine what it was like before daily mail. How awful for people to have to wait weeks or even months to hear from loved ones. Now, we have instant gratification and it's still not fast enough. I think we are trying to make up for the history of slow mail--carrier pigeons and what not. Ha.

    Merrilee, it's a stinker to wait. I wish I had some patience. I was not cut out for this waiting bit.

    Tricia, ha! Glad to give you a laugh. BTW, I have tried yoga. I was able to do it, but I kept cracking up at some of those positions. And as it turns out, you also have to be somewhat athletic to do those exercises. Which is a real bummer for me ;) But oh how you guess my intentions! *Shoves hammer to the side with foot

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  9. Jai, It's an awful sound, really. It's like the sound of time passing...very, very slowly.

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  10. Great post! You described it perfectly. You know the cliché, though: a watched pot never boils!

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  11. haha this is gorgeous. Best of luck XX

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  12. Waiting is the worst. Now I want a cocktail!

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  13. hahaha *clap* yeah, that is exactly how it goes. Funny post.

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  14. This makes me laugh, but I totally feel your pain. I hope the waiting gets easier...and that you don't have to wait too long for a good response.

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  15. Lol, you crack me up. But I'm only laughing cuz I'm not at the query stage yet. Hehe, probably won't be laughing as hard then....

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  16. I'm having a cocktail for you right now. You're welcome.

    Okay, it's not a cocktail--it's just chilled vodka. You're still welcome.

    Now the sound of crickets is reverberating in my head. That's kind of painful, actually. MAKE IT STOP AAAHHHH!!!

    Er... well then.

    Also, it's the weekend. Your partial requests, full requests, and offers of representation won't arrive until Monday. (Duh.)

    Hang in there, m'dear. In the meantime, I'll have another vodka for you. You're welcome.

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  17. Definitely time for a cocktail! Then start writing something new - let the first draft frenzy take over and drown out the blasted crickets!

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  18. What you did there at the end....that was the smartest thing. And you should know that your requests for more material won't come in until Monday.

    Have one for me too.

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  19. A cocktail sounds pretty good about now. I hope you hear something soon!! :)

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  20. Good luck! I hope you hear some good news soon!

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  21. ROFL-- I'm so right there with you. Except when something does show up in my inbox, I have a fight or flight reaction, rather similar to a heart attack.

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  22. LOL! Yup. It's a lot like that. You'd best go shopping. Nothing like new shoes to get your mind off your inbox!

    :o)

    And good luck, friend!

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  23. Most enjoyable. Some fresh air sends the crickets hiding for me.

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  24. Laura, oh yes, it's true! Thankfully, that was only the first hour...err, few hours. Thankfully, other obligations are making it pretty hard to focus solely on the inbox!

    Niki,Thank you!!

    Piedmont, I got your email. Thanks so much, sweetie! I'll respond more fully in email.

    Frankie, hehe, that it does! Thanks!

    Elizabeth, you said it! Waiting stinks.

    Sherrah, thank you! I'm doing fairly well, I think. So far, so good, and there's plenty to keep me busy (Thank Heavens!)

    Livia, it's ok, laugh away. It's actually pretty funny. Waiting is a tough business, but funny as heck sometimes. But, when you do start querying, be sure to let me know ;)

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  25. Simon, yes, please do drink on my behalf. I've found I'm not good at working with alcohol in my system, and I hardly want to be drunk when I need to fill all those partial and full requests you are predicting for me :)

    Jemi, ha! Yes! I actually have another manuscript already finished and in need of editing. I'll get to work on that as soon as I finish some critiquing for my CPs. It's been a blessing, really, to have so much work to do.

    Yvonne, you are so kind. Thank you. I'll be doing my best to distract myself!

    Kimberly, thank you! A little amaretto sour goes a long way ;)

    Amy Jo, thank you!

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  26. Kate, yes, I agree!! That little email pops up and your heart about stops. The celebration doesn't come until you read that it's actually positive! Ha!

    Jackee, I could definitely use some new shoes. Except, I've been so holed up in my writing cave the last few months, I think I've lost all my friends, so I now have no place to go to wear my new shoes. Ha!

    VR, are you querying then, too? Oh my goodness, I'll have to come check your blog and see how you're doing. Good luck, sweetheart!! Hope it all goes well and you get some really great news!

    Paul, thank you! Fresh air can work miracles, I think. I can't wait for the warm weather to arrive.

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  27. Waiting is the WORST! Even worse than rejection. I wish I could tell you that time takes the edge off the insanity. It doesn't. It hones it to a painful and infuriating edge. Good luck! Hang in there. You'll hear back soon.

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  28. LOL, you crack me up woman. I'm loving my blackberry cuz it dings at me and i don't feel like i'm missing anything when i'm not at the computer.

    i hear you though. i hope someone nibbles for you... and me. hehe

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  29. Good luck! This is a tough business filled with lots of waiting, even with every higher step we reach.

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  30. This post made me laugh. Thanks. :)

    Hang in there!

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  31. Yes, that is exactly what its like. It kind of sucks, doesn't it?

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  32. Good luck!!! Great job with even starting to query, lots of people don't even get that far! Good for you. Hope you hear soon, before you go nuts. I know I would!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog too :):)

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  33. That sounds awful, just one step below waiting for test results from your doctor. I'm glad I just blog!

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  34. Forget the cocktail. Think I'd be reaching for a bottle of scotch and some pain pills...

    Good lord, just to think that's all in store for me!

    Look forward to hearing some positive news from you honey, because you will be published. I know it. I really do :)

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  35. I like the cocktail part the best! Nothing to tame that old anxiety like a sweet drink. Good luck with the whole process! It's quite scary to even think about it...

    Nevine

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  36. When I send out my queries I'm going to ask my doctor to put me in a chemically induced coma for a couple months. Oh....wait...that's what the coctail's for! :)

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  37. HAHAHA! So cute. One of my blogger friends is currently going through the same thing - sending your link to her now...

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  38. Yeah, huh. I made my kids watch/read this so they know I'm not the only one.

    ......dhole

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  39. OMG that will be me wayyyy too soon. Good luck!

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  40. I have been rejected so often that a reply notice in my email box to one of my queries makes my stomach feel like it is full of your crickets.

    I have four agents still considering my novel and that gives me hope. I sent another query off today, but I do not expect a quick reply.

    I suggest looking into other possible agents you could send your query to so that if the rejection does come, you are prepared. You will have done research on the bio, the likes, the dislikes, and latest interviews of said possible agent. It will give you something constructive to do with all that anxiety.

    Just a thought. I was bound to have one sooner or later, Roland

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  41. Oh, you poor girl. I hope you don't get carpel tunnel from all the e-mail refreshing! E-mail us if you need to vent. Waiting is the WORST. XOXO

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  42. Phew. Now I know what I'm in for. Thanks! ;o) Good luck!

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  43. Cocktails all the way, Carolina! That's my strategy. Forget bloody patience and bring on the booze.

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  44. Thank you for all your lovely, encouraging comments! I apologize for not responding individually. I'm struggling to stay above water today. Too much to do, but this can only be a good thing, I think.

    Best wishes to all of you in the midst of query/submission madness. I hope you get your delicious offers of representation or book deals before the crickets drive you mad.

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  45. did someone say a watched "plot" never boils???

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  47. Too funny, Carolina! I think you have just summed up the past three hours of my day! Good thing the munchkins woke up from their nap or else I'd be going at another three hours of self-inflicted-torture. Have a great one and know that you are not alone! Tory

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  48. Oh, I can relate! I loved the "blink" detail.

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  49. janice, ha! Yes, that's one way of putting it. I will do my best to put that pot on the backburner and forget about it ;)

    Tory, Aw, thanks Tory. I hope that you hear something soon!

    Theresa, thanks m'dear. Waiting stinks, but it's all a part of the process, I guess.

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  50. I remember my email querying days. I was glued onto my computer refreshing my email every five minutes. I would pull myself away, which is what I needed. Anyway, good news always came unexpectedly when I wasn't maniacally checking my email.

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  51. Me again. Just wanted to let you know I have a blog award for you! :o)

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  52. Reading your CP's ms's, writing/editing while checking your email frequently (staying busy by day), and drinking of the hooch (by night) is about all you can do.

    Keep us posted.

    Crossing my fingers you get quick requests for FULLS, and then an even faster offer of full representation.

    But, then comes... *chirp*....more waiting.

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  53. You have an award for you at my blog!

    Jai

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  54. Ha! Sounds like my kinda day...

    Blessings,
    Debby (Heavenly Humor)

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  55. Oh, man, you summed that up really well. Hope it gets better for you@

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  56. Thank you so kindly for the lovely comments. And oh my goodness, two more awards!! You guys are seriously made of awesome. Thanks, all. I <3 you mega.

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  57. Oh yeah. It doesn't get any better when you have an agent. Then you're just waiting to hear back from editors every second of every day. Why can't they all just be faster?

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  58. Hang in there - I hope you hear good news soon!

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  59. So true!!! Good luck, Carolina, I'm crossing my fingers for you to hear good news and to hear it SOON.

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  60. Yeah, that'll be me next week. Good luck with yours!

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