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**