In a lot of ways, the publishing industry feels like it’s all about ‘hurry up and wait’. Want to be published in fiction? Hurry up and write the book/story. As soon as you write it, you wait. You have to query, then wait. If someone wants to read more, you have to send it off, then wait. If they decide to represent you, you have to wait while they try to sell it. If they sell it, you have to wait for it to be published. There’s even more waiting involved, but those are the highlights.
I think it was easier to wait before the Internet. It has changed our lives to the extreme. We have text messages, instant messaging, twitter, email, facebook – on-demand video, eBooks, video games – there is almost nothing you have to wait around for anymore.
So, for someone who is so plugged in most of the time he is awake, it feels like being in a car doing 75 mph down the highway and then suddenly hitting rush hour, 5 MPH traffic for the next 55 minutes. BAM! Slow down. Wait. Inch along.
The advice that most writer’s give in these situations is to move on to the next project. Not only to take your mind off the waiting, but because you can’t rest on what you’ve accomplished for too long. (Obviously, you can breathe for a day or two). But there’s no guarantee that anyone will like, love or buy what you’ve written or that there will be a market for it. So you have to keep writing.
For a couple days, I was rudderless. In my head, I have 5 books for Sam Kane. The decision I had to make was whether to start on the second of those books, without even having the first one sold (or anyone interested in it), or to do something else.
I have a space opera I want to do, Evermist (sort of scifi sort of fantasy) I want to rewrite, an epic fantasy too. So of course, me being me, I go off and write a short story for the Writer’s Group. 🙂
Hey – at least I’m writing…