The Long Wait
Posted on January 30, 2011
It’s been a while, people, I know. It was hard work, finishing the Dark Fiber revision and it didn’t leave much room for anything else, but last Monday I hit those six keys I’m so fond of, the ones that give me that TGIF feeling: THE END. Dark Fiber is done and I’m very happy with the result. Now starts the long wait until my agent has read the new version and comes with his verdict.
Waiting is a constant in the life of a writer. We wait a good deal of our time and most of us have learned to live with it. Some waiting bouts are worse than others, though. The most agonizing one is when you wait for a positive reply to a query. I mean, J.K. Rowling had to digest quite some “no’s” before she finally hit a “yes”. I am quite lucky as it is, having agents for both my adult and my children’s books, here in the Netherlands and abroad. But there are more waits, like the one for your agent to come with a verdict. Is the manuscript solid? Well written? And most of all, is it salable? Again, an agonizing wait.
There are a couple of ways to deal with those long waits. You can either sit back and relax, you can stress out and bite your nails, or you can move on. I’m not good at sitting back or at relaxing. Too much energy flowing through my body. Stressing out and biting my nails, on the other hand, is something that –at least for a while– seemed to come natural to me, until I decided that it was so counterproductive, that I had to do something to get rid of it (or was it my husband who said those wise words?). Anyway, if sitting back and relaxing is not in your DNA, you’ll have to find other ways. For me it’s moving on.
So I left the manuscript in the capable hands of my agent and moved on to the next projects: rewriting the sample translation for The Sun Spirit for my other agent and writing my YA thriller The Weed Man.
Oh, and in between, just to get my brain back in gear, I solved the 36 cube!
What’s your way to deal with waiting?