Submitting is a double-edged sword. Specifically, I’m speaking as a writer who submits their work for review and publication… or rejection. One the one hand, there’s no other way to get a work published than to submit it. On the other hand, well, rejection.
At the moment, I’ve got two pieces of writing out there in the world awaiting their fates and one more that was previously rejected that I am thinking about sending out again. You might think that getting a rejection notice would be the worst part of the submission process. That’s just not true. The absolute worst part (for me, anyway) is the waiting, the time it takes from when I send my work out into the world to the time when I hear something back from the publisher.
I hate waiting. I’m so hooked on instant gratification (possibly because I am a Millennial, and we just hate waiting for anything) that, and I’m not even kidding here, as soon as I hit the send button on my email to an editor, I’m hoping to hear something back on the inside of five minutes. After all, how long can it take to read the things that I’m submitting for review? Are these editors’ jobs not dependent on people sending them things to read and possibly publish? Why aren’t they reading my submission as soon as I’ve sent it at 11pm?
Seriously, this should not take so long.
And yet, I work for a publisher. I am good friends with some editors. I know these things take time. I know that I’m not the only person submitting stuff for review. But knowledge of the publishing process does not equate to a comfortable wait.
So what should a writer do in order to stay sane while waiting for rejection? I’m going to do the only thing I can do. I’m going to write new things, I’m going to forget about the old ones, and I’m never going to run out of things to submit. So I guess I’ll never have to run out of things to stress out over either.
Writers, how do you deal with the waiting time between submission and acceptance/rejection?