So… waiting is the worst. I think we can all agree on that.
Whether you’re waiting to hear back from an agent you queried or you’re on submission waiting to hear back from an editor, the steps are the same:
Step 1. Check your e-mail.
Step 2. Watch a few YouTube videos, then check your e-mail again.
Step 3. Decide you’re going to STOP checking your e-mail, because it’s honestly just making it worse, seeing that empty inbox again and again.
Step 4. Check your e-mail again.
Step 5. No, seriously, you’re going to STOP checking. You’re going to do something else, like go to yoga or water your plants.
Step 6. Check your e-mail again, with some flimsy excuse like, “Oh, I just want to see if my mom e-mailed me back…”
Step 7. Bang head against desk.
Luckily, the steps for BREAKING this vicious cycle are also the same.
If you’re waiting to hear back on a query: Work on a new project.
If you’re waiting to hear back on a full: Work on a new project.
If you’re waiting to hear back from an editor: Work on a new project.
I know it’s hard to do, but it’s really for the best. It gets your mind off submission-anxiety, and hopefully gets you excited about something new. We all want our current project to be THE project, but that’s often not the way it works. And you never know what you’ll come up with while you’re waiting 😉
(Number of times I checked my e-mail during the making of this post: