Wednesday, August 6

The Waiting Game...

I don't know why, but I always thought that once I was published the waiting part of this crazy writer's life would ease up. Hand to God, I really thought waiting would be...easier. I knew it would never go away completely and honestly I don't want it to. Waiting has taught me a lot.

But I'd like it to be easier to wait. I'd like the waiting to not decimate my fingernails or send me to the penguin bowl looking for another hit of chocolate.

This week my very first SuperRomance - which comes out in January - appeared on Amazon. It doesn't have a cover yet (other than this 'coming soon' version), but I got a bit teary when I saw it. That's it right over there. The cover - and the fact it's up on Amazon and B&N - means its real. I haven't dreamed this whole Writing For Harlequin SuperRomance thing. I'm writing for my favorite line from my favorite publisher. It's real.

And now I'm waiting to see the actual cover and what goes in place of all that yellow-orange and I'm impatient. I want to see it. I need to see it.

While I'm waiting to see that cover, I'm waiting to hear from my editor on the proposal for my second SuperRomance. I had a ball writing the first 10,000 words or so and putting together the synopsis...and I want to know what she thinks. Will this be my second SuperRomance or will it be back to the drawing board? I'm biting my nails a lot over that.

And I just got my cover for my second Rocker book, from Harlequin-E, which has be equal parts a drooly
mess (I mean, seriously, that CHEST!) and scared that release day is coming up in September. I'm also waiting for the final copyedits for the third Rocker book - and the cover. Another cover to wait for...why are covers against me?!?

I have stuff to do in the interim - I have a super-secret project I need to finish up and send off to my agent. And copyedits for The Daughter He Wanted just landed in my inbox ... So I guess I have work to do while I wait and wait and wait on this other stuff.

Tell me, how do you deal with waiting?

12 comments:

  1. Every time I think I've mastered waiting, I find out I haven't. However, I think staying busy is the best thing, and it DOES look like you've got that part down. It's exciting times--enjoy them.

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    1. For me, too, Liz. Having other projects to work on, other things to do helps incredibly...except when I have a few minutes to myself.

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  2. I think it's awesome that you can juggle all of that at one time. I know your writing about waiting but I'm working on three projects at one time for the first time and I've been wondering how you guys do that! It's so great to read what you veterans have to share. Thanks for the post Kristina

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    1. You're welcome, Sia, glad it helped! I think the juggle is just something we all have to figure out for ourselves. What works for me wouldn't for Liz or you..but I still like to share what works (like having other things to work on) because it might give someone else an idea about how to handle their own busy-ness. :D

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  3. So happy for you, Kristina! Love your covers-and can't wait to see the one coming! I try to do the out of sight-out of mind thing, but it's really hard when exciting things are happening ;) Congrats on living your dream!

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    1. thanks, Jennifer! Out of sight, out of mind is a great tip - just keep that focus on something else!

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  4. Congrats, my friend! Proud of you! I HATE waiting. H.A.T.E. it. I try to work on something else and not think about it.

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    1. I think this is a theme with all of us - work on something else to stop thinking about the wait! Thanks, D'Ann!

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  5. I'm playing a whole different waiting game, but I think just working on something new is my best distraction.

    I'd imagine waiting for a new cover to be seen is kind of like waiting to meet your unborn child--to a lessor degree, of course. But in a writer's life, pretty major just the same.

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    1. It *is* (to that lesser degree). Excruciating and exciting and you imagine you know...but you never know. Thanks, Margie!

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  6. I'm the most impatient person on the face of the earth. My house gets a good scrubbing while I wait, I also drive everyone else crazy. BTW, that cover is HOT!!!!

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    1. Right? I just love it! And I know what you mean about driving other people crazy I'm sure RadioMan and bebe are ready for me to calm down. lolol

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