I am finding that the submission process is a lot like the query process – full of waiting, waiting, and more waiting. I check my email several times a day hoping for an editor response than worry that my manuscript just isn’t good enough. I’m telling you . . . being an aspiring author is truly a test of one’s patience.
I’ve done all the things I can to ensure the success of my manuscript. I hacked it up beyond belief and then pieced it back together to create a manuscript I’m proud to call my own. I started developing my platform and began the ominous task of blogging. I even burned a Yankees hat for good measure and a bit of luck. (Sorry folks but I live in Red Sox’s Nation) Now, all I can do is wait.
But waiting isn’t in my nature so I kicked my life into overdrive to pass the time. For me that means I turned into an obsessive cleaning machine. My hardwood floors have been waxed, my closets de-cluttered, and the grout on all five of my tile floors scrubbed with bleach and a tooth brush. Out of things to clean, last night I turned to cooking. My freezer is now stocked with nine – yes nine loaves of zucchini bread, two lasagnas, and three batches of meatballs complete with homemade tomato sauce.
As a joke, my husband suggested that I now focus on the outside of the house. I think I may just do that. Our deck is in need of new boards and how hard could that be. . . . just rip the old ones up and hammer some new ones down! Maybe after that I will re-plant the garden and build a patio. LOL!
So what do you all do to pass the waiting-game time? Are you obsessive in channeling your energy like me or are you one of the lucky few who can sit back and enjoy the peaceful waiting time?