Patience /ˈpāSHəns/ Noun. “The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
I knew this business of querying would involve loads of patience. I wondered if I’d have what it takes to sit tight and wait.
And keep waiting.
I thought I would be one of those people obsessively hitting refresh and over-analyzing everything. And okay, so sometimes I do slip into that mode. But I’ve been so proud of myself for patiently holding on and waiting. Without complaining. Without freaking out. Without biting my nails. I have a full out and a few unanswered queries, and I haven’t lost my wits!
The key? Keeping busy, I guess. I’m hard at work in THROUGH THE WALLED CITY. I’m enjoying being submerged into this world, with these characters. I was also swamped with closing out the semester. And I have my UCLA class work, and the beta reading I’m doing. And I’ll be prepping for the SCBWI Mid-Year Conference soon. So I’m making myself remain occupied so my mind doesn’t go down that other road, the obsessive one.
Today I’m sending out a couple more queries, and there will be more waiting. But it’s okay. I will be patient because that’s the only option!