Sunday, February 15, 2009

Things Take Time

Publishing is a hurry up and wait business. As much as we would love to see things move faster, in the end, we will be stuck with what I refer to as publisher time. No, this is not a bad thing, but writers seem to forget that writing in general takes time.

Think about it... it takes time

  • to come up with an idea
  • to draft that first scene
  • to edit
  • to work through those revisions

Well, it also takes time on the other end of the spectrum. I have said this before, but it is always a good reminder. Editors and agents are often reading manuscripts on their free time AFTER work and not during work. Even when they do get to your manuscript, they might want to read it two times. At some places, there are outside readers. And then, even after all of that, the editors need to sit around and discuss the projects that caught their eye that week.

And then there is the issue of placement. If there is no slot for that book, your manuscript might be put on hold, or more likely, just end up being rejected because it "wasn't strong enough." That simply means that your writing was not strong enough to bump one of the established authors out of a slot.

Now, I do have to add one note to this (and here comes Scott's rant). I do not believe it takes an extrodinary amount of time to see something we don't like. Along the same line, I do not believe in the stall tactic that I believe many people in today's world use - that of not answering an email or a phone call when they don't have an answer or have been lazy about getting around to a project - works.

Wow, where did that come from?

Anyway, things will take time. In the meantime, you need to get back to your writing instead of sitting around and watching the mail box or your email.



  1. Yes indeed, and that is the problem. On that fantasy day when there is nothing else to do, we must talk about how one handles the family end of the business, which I believe is the final killer for most women. fter all, if you were anby good, you would have been a millionaire long ago, yes, like...Danielle Steele, or the poor wretched cassie Edwards. Since you are not, there is noo reason to pursue this adolsecent dream of being a published author. Everyone knows real writers are really rich.
    I don't know which is worse, paying your dues for years, or dealing with the public perception of writers' loves.
    As the agency Home Page says, "we want (only) overnight sellers." As do we all. Too bad no one seems to be able to predict them until they have already become best sellers? Now what?

  2. Writers' loves? I meant lives. I had laser surgery last week, and am still getting used to a major vision change. Ome more thing that takes too much time.