Monday, March 23, 2015

The Waiting Game

Well, that's where I am right now. I have two novels on submission and the wait is killing me. Seems like I'm always waiting. Ever since I started this writing gig 10 years ago, I've been waiting-- back when I was submitting poetry. Longest I have ever gotten a response back was 5 years later, no joke. They asked me if my poem was still available. I had to tell them it was already published years ago.

Submitting novels can be very much the same. Although I've never gotten a rejection that took that long. I have gotten a rejection that was about 18 months old. Since it's really hard to get published (even when you've had some under your belt) you can have several projects going. I know, I know. Everyone always says, write in the meantime. But I'm at the point where they are now piling up. It's hard to keep cranking them out. I've always done stand alone novels, never a series. I can barely commit myself to one novel, let alone several. So it has come that my writing has massively slowed down. It's hard to keep going and going without a deal. I don't want to complain, but that's where I'm at right now.

On the other hand, I have been reading a ton! I am ahead on my reading challenge for the year. I challenged myself to read 10 to 12 books for this year and I am already on book number 6. And we're only three months into the year. If I keep going at this rate, I will double my goal. NOT sure if I will lose steam. I often do with reading and writing. I'm just going to ride the wave for now. I know that might seem like hardly anything, but it's a lot for me. And I've been hitting on some really good YA books too, which is great. Here's a small list below in case you are looking for recommendations. Until then, have a good one. Thanks for listening.

YA Novels

The Distance Between Lost and Found: by: Kathryn Holmes (released Feb 2015)
When by: Victoria Laurie (Jan 2015)
Forget Me: by: K. A Harrington (released Aug 2014)
Fiendish by: Brenna Yovanoff (August 2014)


chris said...

It's funny that we're in the exact boat. I too started writing 10 years ago, and this was my second stint. A 15 year gap. I'm waiting for at least 30 publishers who haven't connected with me about anything. I'm wondering if I block them or something--such things go through a writer's mind. It's aggravating.

Lisa M. Cronkhite said...

Hey Chris, yeah, you can think of a million different things on what the publisher is thinking or doing with your work, but you never know unless they tell you so. It's a shame how much gets overlooked. Thanks for commenting, Big Bud!