If you’ve read any author blogs, you’re familiar with “call stories,” the tales of what happens when a writer receives that magical offer of publication from an editor. Today, instead of sharing about “the Call,” my guest Theresa Romain is blogging about “the Wait.” Publishing houses plan years in advance, so one year between the initial offer and seeing the book on the shelves is not unusual. Two isn’t even out of the realm of reality. (My upcomings titles stretch into the summer of 2012!)
But it’s hard to wait to see that first book on the shelves. Here’s how Theresa deals with it:
My debut Regency-set historical romance, SEASON OF TEMPTATION, will be published by Kensington Zebra in October 2011. This is very exciting, and I want to tootle a giant alphorn and tell the world! WOOOO.
Yet it’s excruciating too, because all I can offer the world right now (after I blast its ears with my alphorn) is a title, plus a countdown to the publication date that’s still in the triple digits. There’s a lot of waiting between contract and publication, and the excitement and excruciation can ebb and flow from day to day. Sometimes even from hour to hour.
Being a rather compulsive type, I have wrestled this ebb and flow into the following lists describing my life lately:
Things that change when you have a book accepted for publication (but not yet published)
1. You stop researching agents and publishers. You start researching web designers. Hmm…better keep saving for a while.
2. Your friends will stop asking you when you’re going to get a book published. Instead, they’ll start asking when they’re going to get their signed copies. They will wait too.
3. You drink more coffee. This just happens, whether you intend it to or not, and whether you are tired or not. (Note: you will be tired.) Cheer up! It’s better for your health than smoking a hookah!
4. You feel compelled to sound witty and brilliant every time you leave a comment anywhere online. None of this “me too!” nonsense. Every word has to be pure gold, hammered into Verdana 9.5 font.
5. You quit fiddling with your now-accepted manuscript and start fiddling with a new one.
Things that do not change
1. Family members still create massive amounts of dirty laundry. This must be washed by someone. Probably you, since sometimes you work at home. Lucky you!
2. You still need to write every day. Ok, most days. Maybe shoot for five days a week. Or at least a certain number of pages. Words. Something.
3. You continue to hear the word “no” a lot, though sometimes it will come cloaked in different words. “Looking for something different” is always popular.
4. Professionalism is your brother from another mother. Keep being just as professional as you were at the beginning of the publication journey. There is no entitlement.
5. There, there. Chocolate makes it better. Always.
Theresa Romain has worked, interned, and translated for libraries and universities, all of which fed her love of books and her fascination with the past. Besides writing historical romance – and reading it, of course! – her interests include film history and public health. When not reading or writing, she can sometimes (but not nearly often enough) be found cooking or practicing yoga. Her debut historical romance, SEASON OF TEMPTATION, will be published in October 2011 by Kensington Zebra. Please visit her on the web at http://theresaromain.com
Thanks for sharing with us today, Theresa!
We’re such an instant society. We want what we want right now! How about you? Have you ever had to wait for something important to happen in your life? What was it? How did you deal with the delay?