Now We Wait

I finally sent the snake story off. Contrary to what most people think, I didn’t print it out. I sent it off as an email attachment. Everything’s digital these days. Editors don’t want to carry piles of paper around.

Most of the editors I know have a Kindle or other type of e-book reader. They’ll convert my file into something that will work on that format. The hundreds of pages of manuscripts that editors have to read thus fit into a neat, portable format that takes up less space than a paperback.

The editor I’ve sent the story to is a good friend of mine. I trust her judgment. I told her to look it over and if it just isn’t working, say, “Nope.” Some editors feel that they ought to give reasons for rejecting a manuscript. I don’t think that’s necessary, unless they’re suggesting revisions. The manuscript either works for the editor or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, say so and let’s move on.

My friend is always quick to respond. I should have an answer within a week or two. Here are my options:

1. Nope

2. No…but here are some suggestions revisions. Then I’d like to see it again.

3. Close…but still needs work. Here are some suggestions.

4. Terrific! I want to take it to my acquisitions committee.

I’m shooting for #4. #2 and #3 are more likely. #1 is a distinct possibility, since my own feelings about the story are mixed. So we’ll see.

Ever wonder how writers spend their time. There’s a lot of waiting. And while I’m waiting, I need to find something else to write.

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