Waiting for the Ball

Originally, my first book was going to be released in September and the second in October, then both were going to be released at the beginning of November, now I’m looking at December.

I understand about publishing delays, but my publishing date always seems to be just out of reach. It makes me feel as if I’m in a strange game where the quarterback told me to go long and he’d pass me the ball. So there I am out in left field, waiting to dunk the ball or perhaps dropkick it home. Play after play, down after down, inning after inning I stand there, bouncing on the balls of my feet, hands in the air, planning my victory dance. But I never get the ball.

I can see everyone else on the team running around the bases, throwing passes, making baskets. Empty-handed, I wait. And wait. Eventually, I know, I will get the ball. But will I remember what I’m supposed to do with it?

4 Responses to “Waiting for the Ball”

  1. Suzanne Francis Says:

    I have been through the same thing, and I really feel for you, Pat. It is so hard to be patient when you have waited a long time to see your work in print. The best thing to do is work hard on your WIP. That way, it isn’t like marking empty days off on the calendar, because you are making progress in other areas.

    Cheer up! You will get the ball one day very soon…

  2. Pat Bertram Says:

    Thanks, Suzanne. I haven’t had the concentration to write much, so I’ve been internetworking. Maybe it will bring me some sales when the time comes, maybe not. But it makes me feel as if I’m doing something.

  3. joylene Says:

    I sympathize. It felt as if I was waiting forever for Dead Witness to arrive. And then it did! And wow, I was so excited. Until I realized that it still wasn’t available online. That process will take a bit longer. How much? Who knows.

    Two books at the same time? Can’t wait to hear if that’s easier or if you end crazier sooner.

  4. Pat Bertram Says:

    Joylene — I never thought about it, but I could end crazier sooner.

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