pa⋅tience – (pā’shəns)
|1.||the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.|
|2.||an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.|
|3.||quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence:to work with patience.|
|4.||something a professional writer must have an abundance of, because nobody in the business will get in a hurry to meet the writer’s timetable…. NOBODY! It’s hurry up and wait…. and wait… and wait some more.|
I’m a couple of weeks into this query process and have received a few rejections already, but several queries are still outstanding. It appears some of the prospective agents have a philosophy that they will only contact you if they have an interest in your work. I understand the workload and how giving status to the writer is not a priority. In many cases you are waiting for a response that will never come. I don’t have to like it… it is what it is.
So, you just keep querying and hope someone will see your work for the masterpiece it is.
As a past salesman I understand that you have to go through a lot of “NO” before you get that elusive “YES!”
I’ve done my part… I’ve written an exciting piece of fiction. I’ve researched the marketplace and come up with a lot of prospects.
Now it’s….. Hurry up and wait!