If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. ~Senegalese Proverb
I’ve been waiting for the past month to hear about a submission. Not patiently waiting, but waiting. What else can you do? It made me remember an article I once wrote for a local adoption magazine on the subject of ‘patience’. It’s something you need in large quantities when you’re adopting, at least in Australia. That got me to thinking about the similarities between creating and submitting a piece of writing and adopting a child.
First, you get the idea. You think about it a bit, research what you don’t know, attend a few workshops maybe, then do the paperwork. Then you have someone go over things to make sure they’re absolutely perfect and you send it off and wait, while someone out there decides if you have reached the next stage. If you’re lucky you progress through the stages, getting closer and closer to your dream until one day you get the news – either, ‘yes, you have successfully jumped through all the hoops’ or ‘sorry, but your hoop-jumping isn’t quite what we need.’
If the answer is ‘yes’, then one day you’ll hold your ‘baby’ in your hands. It’s when it’s ‘no’ that the difference between writing and adoption occurs. With a book, you can try another publisher, but here in Australia if they say ‘no’ there’s nowhere else to turn. There’s only one chance. You can jump up and down and scream a bit, but the sad fact is it probably won’t work.
It makes me feel a little better about the waiting on a submission.
But I’m still not enjoying it!