Musings, Writing

Limbo Land

I think the biggest obstacle with non-writers when talking to a writer is understanding how publishing works. And it’s completely fair enough – until I started looking into how to get published, I didn’t have a clue either. It’s difficult, yes and it’s also SLOW. I’ve heard several writers lately talk about being in limbo at one point or another – it could be waiting to hear back from an agent who has asked to read your book, which can take months, it could be waiting to see if your book will be brought by a publisher or waiting for your book to be edited by your agent or editor. It can also be the wait that comes after you sign a book deal – at least a year before your book is available to buy.

From the start of your publishing journey comes the waiting. You have to try to be patient. And wow I struggle with this. I have discovered by trying to get published that I am an impatient person and can often drive myself crazy refreshing my email inbox. It’s like waiting for a pot to boil šŸ™‚ So it’s hard when people ask you about your book and what’s happening – they assume things will move at the pace of normal things but hell no, publishing has it’s own pace. And yes it’s frustrating to have to say you’re waiting on something all the time. But it’s usually true!

I’ve discovered two Tumblr’s that attempt to describe life as an author through hilarious gifs. I’ve tried to embed ones that made me giggle because I’ve been there but I can’t work out how to do it so I’ll just send you to the sites and you can have a browse if you want an insight or to know you’re not alone out there. Title To Come and Life in Authoring.

Every time I talk to a writer who is waiting for something, I feel their pain. Because it is painful but we keep going because we love writing and we dream of our books being published and being read by tons of non-writer folks. So be patient all, our books will get out there one day it just takes time.

I think it’d best to represent our plight with images and it’s always a good idea to turn to Liz Lemon in any situation really so here she is to illustrate writers in limbo land:

If you ask a writer how getting their book published is going, they may reply like this:

tina Fey thumbs up

But really they’re doing this:


So send us all the sympathy guys:


Thanks for reading and supporting us non-writers and to my writer friends in limbo land *group hug*



14 thoughts on “Limbo Land”

  1. Your experiences in post form with publishing have actually given me some better understanding / perceptions of the process. It’s given me a more realistic idea. So thank you for posting about publishing!

  2. I feel like my life is in limbo on all levels, not just on the writing front. The other day my brother asked me “have you found an agent yet?” I sent out queries less than 2 weeks ago, and only to 3 agents. I didn’t expect anything, but I feel like I let him down somehow.

    1. It’s really sweet when people are interested and keen for you to do well but it can be hard to keep saying “no news yet” šŸ™‚ Good luck, Lisa, I’ve got everything crossed for you!

  3. I’m sending sympathy your way! It must be hard, particularly at the earlier steps when it’s waiting to hear back about representation and publishing deals. Later in the process, the waiting may feel like torture, but at least it means someone else is taking the time to prepare your novel for the marketplace. Good luck!

  4. Publishing seems to be lots of hurrying up to wait for endless stretches. Big hugs! I’m so proud of you for getting an agent and doing revisions. You’re in the race. It’s just a very long across the country kind of triathlon. šŸ™‚

  5. A LOT OF WAITING!! Yes. I hear you, Victoria. I’m still waiting to hear about my novel. Waiting so long that I stopped talking about it, and I moved on to other aspects of writing. Focusing on new stories, etc. It’s not that I don’t care anymore, I just don’t want to stress out anymore!

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