Did I mention that I’m impatient?
This technological age should be my cup of tea. I can text some one and get a reply in seconds most of the time.
I also refuse to answer the phone these days, so I must not be completely into instant gratification. Or maybe I just want it for me and no one else.
Anyway, right now I’m waiting to hear back from one of my dear friends whom (or is it who? I probably ought to know) I’ve never met – Kate of 4amwriter.com.
She very graciously agreed to read the first few pages of my WIP that I have rewritten in 1st person. This is invaluable as I trust that if it totally sucks, she’s the sort of friend who will let me know (perhaps saving me from rewriting the whole thing a second time), but would also put it much more nicely than “this totally sucks.”
But now that I’ve sent it off, I want to hear back. Now. RIGHT now. Or, maybe 2 minutes ago when I sent it. Of course, this is not fair to Kate, as she might, I don’t know, have a life besides sitting at the keyboard waiting for my emails.
Did anyone ever tell you that trying to reason with a person’s desires is like trying to put out a wildfire with a watering can? No? Well, it is.
So, for those of you who have submitted things to agents/publishers – is the waiting this bad? Does it get better with practice?
Oh, Kate (I know you’re reading this), no need to hurry with that
(disclaimer: By the time this is posted, several days after I sent that email, I’ll probably have heard back from Kate, who is one of the fastest replyers on the internet. She is that awesome. Check out her blog, ok? It’s worth it… and I’m not just saying that because she’s doing me a huge favor.)