I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Publishing Time (and why it's so slow)
I don't think any of us would question that agents and editors are super busy people, so I would say that the sense of slowness is really just experienced on the writer's end. We are the ones waiting for a response, they are in the process of prioritizing their responses.
I like to call it the Sister-Wives Syndrome. One husband-several wives; one agent/editor-several clients. If you have an agent you know what I mean. If you don't, then this is a head's up for you when the time comes. You, as the writer have one relationship--you the client with your agent. One thread of importance to you.
Your agent has several threads, all like the one, the only one, that you have. So just like the husband trying to keep all the wives feeling attended to, the agent is also tending to several clients. That means he or she is reading other people's manuscripts, not just yours. Not only that, she's looking for new clients, so that means more reading. So if you add all that reading, plus the pressure to read the latest publications coming out of the shoot, and well, have some kind of personal life, you can understand why it's taking her so long to get back to you.
And why the editor is taking so long to get back to them.
Then there are all the conferences that agents and editors go to each year, which is actually a double whammy to the author in waiting. Not only do conferences and lead up times to conferences take away valuable reading time, time they could spend reading your manuscript, they are also making requests for new material for them to read.
Then there are the seasons: Fall and Spring are busy in publishing but things grind to a halt over the Christmas holidays and almost just as slow over the summer.
It's a miracle really, that any thing you submit gets read at all! (kidding. sort of.)
So what's my point? I guess that when you're the writer in this equation, you need to have the patience of a saint. But it helps when you understand why things feel like they're running at a snail's pace.
How about you? Are you waiting for something?