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!

2 thoughts on “Patience

  1. Cherie

    You did it…got your first rejection!!!!! I loved my first rejection slip for a magazine piece, it validated me alongside all the “real” writers, it was by mail and had a handwritten note on it. While waiting you’re working on the next novel….right?

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