Thursday, 10 January 2013

Patience young Padawan

I blogged a while back about how much of the waiting game is involved in writing and publishing and, after checking my records on my current submissions, I'm thinking about this again.

This is not a business for the impatient or for people with a hightened sense of entitlement (old fart rant - these days, that seems to be most people). If you're getting into writing and think that when it comes to publishing, you'll get what you want when you want it, you're in for a nasty surprise. The business moves slooowwwwlllllyyyy and that's at least partly down to the number of people involved. If you take into consideration the number of writers who think they've got a story to tell plus those who are already established, then think about the agents and editors on the other side and what they've got going on, you can see why this industry doesn't speed along. A lot of beginner writers, a lot of people trying to break into the publishing world and not enough time or money to go round.

But that's just how it is. All the writer can do is focus on producing their best quality work and researching possible markets. That's it. Everything else (such as pissing and moaning about it) is just a distraction from the important stuff - writing your story down and polishing it until it shines.

With that in mind, I've got a story I'm subbing today to a particular publisher. Their site states their turnaround can be as much as nine months. I know plenty of people who wouldn't understand why it takes so long to read a story, or even just the first page, before making a decision, but I do. And if you're reading this and you're serious about your writing, hopefully you understand, too.

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