I have been laboring over the fact that the waiting for proofs from the publisher is killing me. I am ignorant of the process. From all I have read you can expect to wait two years from signing a contract to getting an actual book to hold in your hand. Delays in contracts, edits, and communication are all factors.
Christmas has come and gone and I’m still waiting. As I keep mentioning; this blog is meant to document the process and so far patience is the key word. I ran across this forum which is a few years old but certainly still applies. https://stevelaube.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-published/
I found it to be very helpful each case scenario is different from my own experience so far, but the bottom line is the same. Patience. I sent a query along with three chapters to a publisher last July. I was asked for the complete MS in August 2016. I signed the contract and submitted a synopsis, author’s bio, and suggestion for a cover by September 12. So, after reading the article and comments I find I am not as far behind as I thought. I wish the publisher could give a better idea of the process in the beginning. I was told nine months. Which is perfect, but I wish I had a little more communication with my production manager. Always pleasant and reminding me to e-mail any questions and also reminding me to be patient. I don’t want to be one of those clients who badger them to the point of annoyance, but I also am so excited and bursting at the seams.
I don’t know what’s happening to my story. Is my sequel building on characters that have changed or entirely deleted? When can I submit my next novel? Am I making common mistakes that I could be correcting as I write this new one?
In three months I have sent three e-mails asking for a progress report. As of my last e-mail that was responded to my MS was still in ‘house styling’ mode and not handed off to proofreading. That was in October 2016. I waited two more months and sent an inquiry shortly before Christmas but haven’t heard back.
If you read the article using the link above you will know my experience is not so different from some, but entirely different from others. I found it comforting to realize that I am still within the time frame discussed in my contract.
So, in the meantime I have finished another novel The Tea Room and in the process of completing another. I am about 75% done with my WIP Winter Dwelling, the sequel to Summer Palace which is the book being published now.
I am writing constantly during the day and reading voraciously especially fantasy fiction at night.