I have a confession to make. I am a stalker. It's true. Not the follow you home, hide in the closet and watch you sleep kind of stalker, but a stalker nonetheless. In fact, I challenge all writers to deny that they too have not succumbed to being INBOX STALKERS.
I have just gone through a period of inbox stalking and believe me, it is not pretty. At some points I actually thought I might need some kind of therapy, I mean, who checks their emails at 2 am when they just hop out of bed for a wee? Me. That's who.
Twenty years ago when I first wanted to be a writer it all seemed like such a hard, impossible career path to maneuver through. You write your story, print it out, edit and then in order to submit to publishers and agents you have to print of countless copies, bundle them up and post them. In the mail. And then wait. It was expensive and time consuming and I guess back then a different type of 'mail stalking' was going on.
Now, it's different. Now, after writing and editing and polishing your novel you can google search a variety of publishers and agents who 'might' be interested and send of various queries to them. I recently did this. I finished my latest WIP, polished it, and then sent it off to a few publishers. And then I waited.
Ridiculously I waited ten minutes for a reply. I mean seriously? Ten minutes. I'm in Australia so it was most likely the middle of the night at most publishing houses so they hadn't even checked their emails yet. I knew this. But for some reason I checked anyhow. And kept checking.
Every time I had a spare minute. Check. Disappointed when there was nothing, or just some spam email. I've been through this before. It's a roller coaster of emotions when you submit your latest 'project', 'baby' or 'masterpiece' or whatever other endearing term for your manuscript. You go through hope, excitement, anticipation, rejection, humiliation, pride...just to name a few. The highs - when an editor loves your book - are extremely high but the lows (when an editor not only rejects your story but rejects it with a vehemence that makes you feel as if you should never write again) are awful, just awful. I've been through them all and was given some advice on waiting out the submission process that I thought I would share.
And finally, enjoy the process! Keep a journal of everything you go through as a writer. Who knows that journal might be something you can share in the future.
bye for now...I'm going to check my inbox just one more time....