It's the bane of our writer's existence, the waiting. It's a torturous game of patience that not many of us win, at least not with our sanity intact ;) But lately I've been trying to see it from the other side, and it's not so pretty.
I follow a few agents on Twitter. They post funny blurbs, observations and advise. Also the occasional link to bigger and better posts. During one particular 'Tweet Session' I read a post from Colleen Lindsay that blew me away. It was something along the lines of "My inbox has 1300 new messages! There has to be a better way to do this!"
What? Excuse me? Beg your pardon? 1-3-0-0 N-E-W e-m-a-i-l-s!!!! You have got to be kidding me! How can you possibly weed through 1300 new emails?!?
I tried to imagine what the breakdown of emails might look like. Five or six hundred queries, a few hundred from industry connections, a hundred or so follow-ups... That's only around a thousand and I couldn't even think of anything else to add to the list.
If it's hard for me to wait for a response, just try to picture how hard it must be to answer the 1,299 other people that hit 'send' around the same time I did. Then picture reading each and every email, while at the same time taking care of your current clients, reading requested submissions, and managing your day to day work. How do they do it? Do they ever sleep? See their families? How do they keep track of the stuff they do request? Will they remember me two months later when they finally make it to my manuscript at the bottom of their pile?
Putting myself in their shoes really helped to put things into perspective. Am I going to stop worrying? No. Am I going to stop obsessively checking my email? Probably not. But I'm going to try to be patient, because no matter how hard it is for me... some agent... somewhere... is looking at an inbox with 1-3-0-0 new emails!!!