Jaye Wells

Time Ain’t on My Side


So what do you do while you’re waiting for responses from agents or editors?

Well, first of all, you should be working on the next project. Channel that nervous energy onto the page.

But sometimes that’s not enough. Have you considered planning ideas for a web site? I don’t have mine set up yet, but I’ve thought of lots of features that relate to my book. For example, because my book involved a make over, I thought it would be fun to do a feature on “Beauty Tips for the Modern Vampiress.”

How about creating a soundtrack for your book? Check out Anne’s for Pale Immortal.

Stalking agent blogs are a great way to torture yourself if you’re a masochist. Plus you might learn some stuff.

Of course, there are always the old standbys of booze and chocolate.

How do you pass the time in submission purgatory?

11 Thoughts on “Time Ain’t on My Side

  1. I know some things you shouldn’t do. Like pace or twiddle thumbs. Or cry.

    Seriously, I tend to forget the last thing I did quickly, so I have no idea how I would pass the time or even if I would have a need to do so (I’m absent-minded). Waiting for your thing on the other hand, is driving me to drink.

  2. I waited for a very long time on my only publishing credit, so I would say I just have to forget about it altogether.

  3. jason evans on September 14, 2006 at 6:18 am said:

    Acupuncture.

    Self performed.

  4. Jaye Wells on September 14, 2006 at 6:20 am said:

    Flood, I think I like the idea of a surrogate worrier.

    Scott, you’re stornger than me. I never forget.

    Jason, interesting. I hear dentistry is also very easy to perform on onesself.

  5. Well, I haven’t tried submitting any full-length books for publication, but when I send out poetry, stories, or essays/articles to journals, I’ve found that the best thing I can do is try to forget all about them, and move on to something else entirely.

    That might be more writing, or other projects, or gardening, or cleaning – whatever… I just try to move on with my life as if that piece or work weren’t floating around out there… taunting me with its silence…

  6. You reach a crisis point. The waiting becomes an agony in the garden…actually, you go out and till your garden–hard work seems to cure everything, for a day, anyway.
    Then in comes the beautiful rejection/acceptance letter.
    “…Could have been pushed through for an an absurdist, surreal masterpiece. “As it stands, it seem to take forever to get going.

    “You could try us again with it, but I’m not sure it’s ANANSI’S kind of book in the first place…”

    “Got any poetry?” (I am the world’s lousiest poet).

    So you look up what the hell an “absurdist surreal masterpiece” is, starting with Jean Genet and you realize those cats are so far ahead of you that you may as well kick bagss of dog poo all over the park.
    So you phone up Eric Wright over at Collins, and he says you’re doing it all wrong. “PIck a plot an write to it.”
    Ah, but the whole process is keeping you busy, and hopefully, getting some pointers.
    You finally complete the “absurdist, surreal masterpiece” and send it back to ANANSI.
    “Do no more work on this,” comes the answer.
    What the hell!

    Sylvia Plath!

    But your stove is electric!

    So you quickly get a job in the media, start subverting from within, run off a chapter or two of yourbook in the intertainment section and feel better. But your friends now say your columns are better than your book.

    Sigh.

  7. jason evans on September 14, 2006 at 8:52 am said:

    Jaye, whenever I think of dentistry, I can’t help but think of the movie, Marathon Man. That flick set back the profession two centuries, I think.

    Is it safe?

  8. Jaye Wells on September 14, 2006 at 9:23 am said:

    JLB, it’s good to stay busy.

    Ivan, it’s agony sometimes.

    Jason, it’s fine as long as you don’t have too much caffeine before the drilling. Also don’t get the novicane on your hands.

    LOL does anyone remember the Sinbad movie where he’s pretending to be the dentist and washes his hands with Novocaine gel?

  9. Jaye Wells on September 14, 2006 at 9:24 am said:

    Houseguest! That’s it.

  10. Put in so many subs that you can’t possibility track them all. I know mutiple subs are frowned upon, but who doesn’t have a plan B when all is said and done.

    Put ’em out as soon as they’re ready to fly. Email subs have taken the bite out of the cost. Isn’t that just grand.

  11. marcail,
    Yep. Seven at a time.

    You are soon surprised where they end up–and the contract in your fax.

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