A very accomplished author friend of mine recently sent me an email in which she told me she’d just received a contract for a picture book. She mentioned how relieved she was, after months of waiting, to finally have a new contract.
An illustrator friend (with more than fifty books to his credit) told me that the editors he works with won’t even take his calls if they’re not ready to commit to a project. They just keep him waiting, and wondering. “That’s just the way they do business,” he said.
There’s a lot of buzz among writers about how long it takes to hear back from editors and how often the only reward for waiting is a form letter saying “no thanks”. It’s frustrating . . . no, it’s beyond frustrating. It’s downright annoying!
So what is an anxious writer to do?
Write. Revise. Submit. Wait. Write. Revise. Submit again.
Because as tough as it is to have to wait for someone else to say “yes”, if you don’t ask for “yes” by continuing to write and submit, then you’re saying “no” to yourself.