I've been waiting.
It's something that you have to get used to in publishing. The thing about that is, patience is a virtue I seem to be seriously lacking. I'm an instant gratification sort of person. I WANT STUFF NOW! When I think about why waiting is so tough, it really boils down to control and keeping busy. When I hand my project off to someone else, I have no control, and it's maddening. So maddening, in fact, that I can't focus enough to work productively on other projects and I end up obsessing and pulling my hair out.
But those of you in the publishing mill know that things tend to move slowly. You write your book and submit to agents. Then wait.
An agent takes you on and submits your book to publishers. And you wait.
A publisher buys your book. And you wait.
You wait for your editorial letter. (Though, my seriously cool editor was rocket fast with mine.)
You wait for your contract. (Just got mine yesterday. Here's me signing! Yay!!)
You wait for your cover art. *drums fingers and blows out a sigh*
Your copy edits. *folds arms across chest and taps toe*
Your pub date. *clenches teeth and wonders what the…*
What…? I have a pub date? REALLY!!!
So, I'm waiting for one less thing now. =) The official (but may possibly change) release date for Personal Demons is SEPTEMBER 14, 2010!!! Yay!
I was going to put a ticker on my blog but Sprout, who does all the cool publishing tickers, just went out of business =( Trying to figure out Widgetbox. Ticker coming soon!
Still, it's very exciting, and each step makes it feel a little more real. But I'm still dying to see what they come up with for a cover. *bites nails*
So, I'm passing the time working on Original Sin. My crit partner and agent have it and they're always spot-on with their feedback, so I can't wait to see what they say. My contract for Original Sin (that I just signed! *throws confetti*) says the delivery date is June 1, so that gives me some time to smooth out the rough spots.
What are you waiting for? Something special? Like, maybe my March Debut Contest? Some amazing YA debuts this month! Don't miss your chance to win one!