The nine stages of waiting to hear back from a publisher

You’ve done it. 630 hours later and you’re ready to send your perfectly polished masterpiece off to the Big 5 (or the Small 254). But what happens next isn’t pretty…

1) Hitting the Send Button

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2) Galloping around the house once you submit your masterpiece

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3) Keeping yourself busy as you wait #3MonthsLater

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4) Trying not to tell everyone that you’ve submitted to a publisher

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5) Regretting when you tell everyone you’ve submitted to a publisher

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6) Double checking to make sure the publisher sends responses

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7) OMG they’ve sent you an email

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8) Getting the courage to read the email

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9) Opening the email. Holy $#!+balls

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          1. I’ve taken 2 back and the last 4 are coming back this month. I can’t even begin to tell you how relieved I am. I was able to fix typos, get new covers, and promote. My sales are (without exaggeration) 50 times higher. So don’t fret 🙂

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          2. Wow that’s a huge difference! That’s fantastic. You have definitely motivated me to get my act together and publish my novel ! Thank you ☺️ now I just need to re-alert my aunt/editor & beta readers that I will be needing their help after all!


  1. This is just great – brilliantly put together and has me laughing. The last one is a classic – absolute terror! Right, I’ve got to forward this to my cat mad friends – they’ll love it.

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