Have you been through the process of selling a house before? Have you realized how similar it is to having your story on submission?
Let me explain.
You decide you want to sell your home. Just as when you decide to submit your story. You do a little research, see what’s out there, what is selling, and then you take the leap.
You prefect your home/You perfect your story.
You’ve put your house up for sale/You’ve submitted.
Then you wait….and wait….
You check Zillow and Zip Reality, has anyone looked at the listing?/You check Query Tracker and writer forums for response times.
You wait and wait…
Oh, someone is coming to view your house!/Oh, you received a reply that your manuscript was received.
You wait and wait some more…
People have seen your house/People have read your story….
BUT WHERE ARE THE OFFERS????
Ohhhh, look someone is making an offer, but first they need to have the house inspected/Ohhh, look someone requested a full!!
The inspector shows up/You submit the full manuscript.
You wait….and wait…AND WAIT….will they like it? What’s wrong with it? What do you need to fix? Sure it’s not perfect, but it’s yours. Will they accept it with some repairs? Maybe you shouldn’t have went with that bold blue/Maybe you shouldn’t have let your main character do that one thing he did.
A lot has caused you stress during this process, so make sure you don’t take the first offer without doing your research. Either way, at some point your house/your story will sell.