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Things To Do While Waiting For Your Editorial Letter

So, YIPPEE!, you finally sold. There were balloons and champagne and screaming and sobbing and any other number of activities of celebrating that I can't mention on a family-friendly blog. People congratulate you on every social media site you belong to, and some even hug you in person! (Whoa, let's not get too crazy here.)

Then the dust settles, the euphoria wears off, and ...another whole level of waiting begins. But wait, what about the housekeeper and personal servant and pool boy I was promised when starting out? I sold a book! I want my bon-bons, damn it! (Yeah right princess, I'll get right on that. Here, have a Hershey miniature while you wait.)

You have now entered the strange limbo land between selling a book and actually having it in your hands. The glow is gone, replaced by a pooling sense of unease. You've heard about what comes next. You've seen authors curled up in the corner, rocking back and forth, mumbling "commas, adverbs, passive, oh my." There are whispered conversations in dark corners about "it." Tweet-sobbing and status updating about how "I can't do it!" ensue. Even seasoned writers dive into their stock of chocolate before daring to open the email.

Yes, you are now waiting for the oftentimes dreaded (how could a 25 page editorial letter NOT be dreaded right?), highly anticipated, necessary but nerve wracking letter from *your* editor. Anticipation sucks, so here are a few hints to get you through the wait with as much of your sanity intact as possible.

How do you handle the anticipation and waiting? Tell me so I can add to my arsenal of tricks!

**This post is half tongue-in-cheek and half based in reality**
Lee Bross

Lee lives her happily ever after on the coast of Maine where she has written Tangled Webs, her historical YA debut, and fantasy YA books Fates and Chaos under pen name Lanie Bross. She also writes contemporary books for New Adult under the name L.E. Bross, debuting with Right Where You Are.

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  1. Pick up something new to read! All the best to you.

  2. Oh dear. I am LIVING this right now :) HA!!

  3. Start on your next book! I find nothing helps the waiting pass like diving into a new project, and it's always good to get a head start. Then again, I'm also a fan TV marathons of The Vampire Diaries or Veronica Mars ;)


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