The publishing industry as a whole is a hurry-up-and-wait industry. We send manuscripts out for critiques, but must wait for the reports. We send a chapter to an editor, but it could easily be a week, or longer, before we get it back. We send out the query to an agent and it could be months before we hear anything. We sign a publishing contract and it could be a year before we see our book on the shelves. The book is published and it takes time for any sales to happen. Patience is the one skill that all writers need to develop. But it doesn’t stop us from checking our inboxes at regular intervals.
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