I feel like I’m in limbo.
It’s been six weeks (or just over, actually) since I submitted my manuscript to a publication house. They said they aim to reply to all queries within around six weeks.
And in that six weeks, I have started back at school, and felt the most deadening exhaustion ever. I haven’t been able to get creative at all.
But, if I had the right energy levels, what could I be doing? What could any writer be doing?
- Start thinking of another project to take your mind off the current situation
- Take a little mental break
- Read – both fiction and non fiction
- Take part in little challenges (or big – I signed up to NaNoWriMo this year, but whether I could actually write 50,000 words in November, is anyone’s guess!)
- Build up your social media audience
- Consider starting an email newsletter (Still thinking about this…)
- Read some of your older work – you may see something new in it.
Aside from trying to get my energy back, I have read a lot (when I don’t fall asleep with the book in my hands) and invested in some new craft books to help improve my writing. And I have been looking for my plans for book two and three too.
But honestly, my creativity has taken a real hit with this tiredness. And not hearing back from the publisher yet, has me on edge.
What is keeping me going, keeping me for letting go of my dream, is the encouragement from others who have been with me on this journey. My beta readers, who know what my story is, and one in particular who was so excited to hear that I am planning a couple more stories involving the characters in my first book.
Surely that must mean something, that someone wants to know more about these figments of my imagination?
Hearing back from this publisher in a positive way will be a certain type of validation for me, but if that doesn’t work out, I’ll be heading on that Indie trail, with the confidence that at least 5 out of 5 of the people who read my manuscript enjoyed it and were excited by it.
That’s gotta mean something, right?