Tomorrow I will officially be on submission! That’s my big announcement. I started writing In the After last year just after my birthday, so it’s been almost exactly one year. The whole process has been amazing. It took me six months to write, two months to self-edit, one month to query, and three months to edit for my agent. Whoowee. Now we just have to sell the thing.
Submitting to publishers is a lot like finding an agent, except I won’t be the one in control, even though I’ll still be the one waiting. Here are a couple of things I’ll do so I don’t freak out.
1) Finish writing a YA historical novel I’ve recently started. It takes place during the civil war, so I’m really going to dig into the research.
2) Eat lots of sugar. Sugar helps you stay calm, right?
3) Read, read, read. Nothing helps me relax like reading.
4) Try not to email my agent every hour asking her what’s up with various publishers.
5) Be positive. I’m usually quite the cynic, but I’m going to remain hopeful and send out good thoughts. I know, I know, the formerly cynical me would call myself a dork…feel free.
What about you guys? How do you deal with the stress that is waiting to hear back on a query/submission to a publisher?