If there's one thing I've learned from this whole "trying to get my book published" thing, it's patience. The publishing world moves veerrry slow. Not that it's a bad thing. As a reader, I appreciate that only the best work is chosen to be sent out into the world for consumption. As a writer, I appreciate the time and dedication spent making each of us the best writers we can be.
But sometimes it's hard to wait. Especially when you feel like your book, your baby, is flying around in some sort of weird limbo. When you're waiting for other people to decide its fate. There are some who would encourage me to self-publish, which depending on how you do it, can be relatively easy. I have two novels that I believe are finished, and could have them up on Amazon in a week.
But that's not what I want. I'm drawn to the traditional publishing route. The experiences I've had so far have been eye-opening, and have pushed my writing to be better. So the waiting will be worth it in the end.
So for now, I spend my time reading and writing. I tried my hand at a short story last week and am really happy with the way it turned out. I've started working on my third novel. There are a lot more characters than I'm used to using, and I've been playing around with POV. It's been a fun process and as always, I love "meeting" all my new characters.
I've never been very good at waiting, so maybe this process will make me learn some patience. But until then I'll keep writing and taking it all one day at a time.