|By Jacob Fraden [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
Yet that's the typical wait from book deal to pub date for most big publishers. Two years? No wonder patience is one of the hardest parts of this industry!
In my first ever call with my editor, she said that if I chose to go with them, I could choose my release date. The I-can't-wait-until-my-book-comes-out date, and the better-for-my-book date. They were about nine months apart. It wasn't a hard choice at all (or one I had to spend more than half a second thinking about). Of course I chose the better-for-my-book date! I'm a very patient person. (No, really. I am.)
Do you know who isn't?
EVERYBODY ELSE. I don't think anyone outside this industry really gets why this process of printing a book takes so unbelievably long. (As evidenced by the sheer number of "What? I thought your book came out THIS September. It's still another year?!"s I got this past September....) I love that people I love are excited. I hate that after 393 days, I have to say that my release date is still more than 10 months away.
And that makes the wait so much harder.
Not that there's not plenty to do during the wait! It's definitely not a twiddle-your-thumbs kind of wait. Which brings us to the other side of "I can't wait." The deadline-induced I can't wait.
"Want to go to a movie?"
Sigh. "No. I can't wait any longer to tackle this chapter that's trying to kill me."
"Should we tackle this big closet organization project that's been driving you nuts?"
"No. I can't wait any longer to tackle getting a new website."
"You look like crap. Maybe you should take a sick day."
"No. I can't wait any longer to finish these revisions."
The thing is, deadlines can't wait for you to be ready or to be inspired or to have time. Sometimes they require you to be patient with a messy house or piles of laundry or the lack of down time. And sometimes that kind of patience is even harder than the waiting-for-my-book-to-release variety.
Peggy Eddleman is the author of the MG post-apocalyptic adventure SKY JUMPERS book 1: THROUGH THE BOMB'S BREATH (Random House, September 2013).