‘And A Fine Art It Is Too!’
Reaching this point must have involved a hell of a lot of waiting.
Waiting for beta readers to come back you.
Waiting for responses to your initial submission.
Waiting for responses following your positive response to the offer to take on your book.
Waiting for counter signatures on your contract.
Waiting for your editor to get in contact.
Waiting between emails from your editor.
Waiting for information from the marketing team.
Waiting for a publication date.
Lots and lots (and lots) of waiting. And this isn’t even the end of it. By the time you get to this point and you realise that you have a release date, that you have an amazing cover, that you have the final copy of the manuscript on your computer, you release that there’s another thing you need to wait for.
Not to say that anyone should just sit back on their rump and wait for sales. You won’t get any that way. After all, who is going to know about your book if you don’t tell them about it? But… you can do all the marketing in the world and still need to wait.
Nothing about what we do as writers is instantaneous. There’s no magic. There’s certainly no thing as overnight success (but that’s a post for another time). There is lots of work and then lots of waiting.
There really isn’t too much more for me to add than that. Whatever stage of your writing career you’re at, you’ll know about this.
Waiting is just something you have to learn how to do. And lots of it.