IWSG — The Waiting Game

Today’s the day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) where, on the first Wednesday of every month, writers get together to share their insecurities and offer encouragement. The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can learn all about it and sign up for it here. IWSG_Badge

I had hoped to be celebrating my book release at this point in February, but unfortunately, things are not working out as planned. Between the communication issues and the variety of problems my cover designer is having, the cover still isn’t done.

I feel bad for her, as it’s been one thing after another — things breaking down, computer crashes, kids getting sick. Dealing with life’s snarls is obviously more important than publishing a book, but, man, it is frustrating to be so close and not be able to get there.

So for now, I’m sending positive thoughts and energy her way in hopes that it might help smooth things out on her end. After all that’s happened, she deserves a break! And it’s a great lesson in patience for me.

Is anybody else out there playing the waiting game?




© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

40 thoughts on “IWSG — The Waiting Game

  1. I’ll add my positive thoughts her way for you. Hope it helps and you have a smashing cover soon. I think most of writing is a waiting game once the writing itself is done. I always put my WIP aside for 3-4 weeks after I write the last word. Then, I do my own edit. Then, I wait for beta comments and critique partner thoughts. Then, I go through editing and wait for those (at least twice through). Then cover design… and on and on. But it’s all so worth it!

    My IWSG Post

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  2. Hope everything smoothes out and that your cover is brilliant!

    Publishing is definitely a waiting game. Next to perseverance, patience is the number one requirement for any writer. My novel went to my publisher in April 2013. It will be published in June 2015. To be honest, I can barely remember the book.

    VR Barkowski

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  3. I’ve been exactly where you are, Lori. Last year, I kept waiting and waiting for my cover. I felt like I let my readers down. I’m not very good at waiting.

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  4. I really hate the waiting game. I’d get impatient sometimes and eventually start stalking submittable for replies (did that already today). I realize that there’s usually the 2-3 months or more waiting submission period but I just can’t help it… Hoping everything works out for you and your cover designer.

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  5. Every time I’ve been forced to wait for something, the end result turned out much better than I expected. Don’t worry, you’re going to do terrific!


  6. I’m always playing the waiting game to some extent…waiting to hear back from agents and editors, waiting for my book to be published in May…

    I think the only cure is throwing ourselves into another project! Hope your cover designer is feeling better soon.


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