It's the first Wednesday of the month again. Time for another IWSG post.
Lately I've been doing a lot of waiting. A couple months ago I posted about some rewrite requests that I had finished. I'm still waiting to hear back on those. I'm still waiting for a handful of other story submissions. I know I shouldn't complain. The editors are busy and underpaid and no news is usually good news in the submissions game. It means they're thinking or they haven't looked at it yet. I wish I had the patience of my cats, although they don't seem to be very patient with me when they're hungry. What's worse: a quick rejection that leaves you feeling like they really hated it or a long wait leading to a rejection that dashes hopes that have risen? Maybe they're equally bad but in different ways.
I waited over a year on a story once, only to find that the magazine had gone belly up. I received a couple messages from the editor during that year to say that the story was still under consideration. In other cases, I've waited almost as long to see an accepted story reach publication. The publishing world operates in a different time dimension. What's the longest you've waited for a response or a story to reach publication?
I should get back to my WIP, the best cure for the waiting blues.
Until next month, keep writing and wait patiently.