Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Going On Sub...And Expanding Your Waistline

After you go through the hell process that is writing, revising and revising and revising, querying, and finding an agent, you revise some more, and then, go on sub. Unfortunately, it's not some underwater adventure filled extravaganza.

Not this...
Or this...
Or even this.
It's the time when your agent sends out your baby manuscript to editors from various publishing houses. They look over the adorable photos proposal package - usually a pitch letter, sample chapters and author bio, sometimes a synopsis aka bane of a writer's existence - and decide whether or not they want to read more. If they do, then the full manuscript is sent to the editor for review. In the mean time you try not to refresh your inbox, chase down the mailman or hound your agent write the next book.

Being on sub is an amazing time for any writer. It signifies that your work is actively seeking publication. EEP! ACTIVELY SEEKING PUBLICATION. I mean, YAY! In all seriousness, it is pretty surreal and awesome. I hope all you aspiring writers reading this get to experience the blinding fear joy of being on sub. And I promise when it is your turn, I'll happily pass around the virtual waist expanding junk food. Now, bring on some cookies, cupcakes and apple pie!


  1. This time of year I've got to say bring on the pumpkin pie! It helps take the edge off the crushing fear of being on sub, which is much more like 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. ;)

  2. Yum...pumpkin pie! It's my favorite. Good call. And yes, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea! Why didn't I think of that? LOL.

  3. I'm down for some hot apple cider with the pie...

    Oh, and good luck, of course! ;)

  4. How about adding a hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream to this waist-expanding adventure?

    How exciting for you! Best of luck to you! :)

  5. The only thing that helps with my obsessive inbox checking is chocolate. It puts me into such a blissful stupor that I don't notice that big fat "no new messages to download".

    And did you see my Corgi mix from Monday's post? I've decided to create a whole nother type of pooka for Crow's Rest--instead of a corbin, a Corgin. Their personalities just lend themselves to that kind of mischief, don't they?