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Publishing is like everything else, a whole lot of thinking it's gonna be one way and then it turns out the other way. Sometimes ithis is good and somethimes it is bad.
If you keep your expectations low, you might be pleasantly surprised or simply find things live up to exactly what you expected, not much. So you do your best to prepare for every possibility.
One thing that is impossible to prepare for? The timing of it all.
Writers send queries. Usually, a lot of queries. And they wait. Maybe they send them off cold, with no prior contact. Maybe they send them off after pitching the idea to an agent or editor and the sending is done in a hurry. You don't want them to forget you! Either way, the next step is to wait.
I mean, these are busy people and stuff you send them is just one small bit of what ends up filling their inbox. Reading takes time! And catching the right editor/agent on the right day with the right words? Wow, the odds really are against us.
But it happens and wow! The contract comes, you sign and then...you wait.
And wait for those first editing notes. Because there are always editing notes. In the e-publishing world, speed is of the essence. Writers can't control the speed at which their editors work, all they can control is the speed at which they get through the notes and send it back to their editors.
And then they wait, again.
On and on, for several rounds. And the book gets better, cleaner, sweeter. Well worth the frustrations of waiting.
I fought with my editor tooth and nail with book one of my Kraken's Caribbean Trilogy, The Kraken's Mirror.
My two shorts, The Ship's Mistress and The Sister's Story, I had a different editor and we didn't bicker as much. Now, I'm working the edits for book two of the Kraken's Caribbean, The Chameleon Goggles and I'm back with the first editor, and things are moving like clockwork. We know each other now. I've also learned to be patient while waiting for edits but the use of well-timed nag is never a bad idea.
And I'm embracing the concept...Hurry up! And wait.
If all goes well, The Chameleon Goggles will be released before Halloween!