Means nothing until I get the reply.
I wrote it during Nano '06, got my winner’s certificate and edited the beastie from 50 to 75k words over the next six months.
It’s had a good reception from readers - I’ve let it go out to a couple of degrees of separation to try and get honest feedback.
This last month as part of a Kiwiwriters.org I challenged myself to send it. Which meant writing the synopsis and query letter. Bugger, that was hard!
Write the whole story in 400 words? Argh.
Sum it up in a couple of sentences? Arghhhh!
So I let the deadline drift closer, like Douglas Adams once said - I love the wooshing sound they make as they go past. But, unlike the late lamented, I always submit to deadline. So I had to do it.
The computer died three days before deadline.
Long involved story which ends with me stalking into the repair shop to inform them that if they’ve doubled up on the quoted repair price again, very bad things will happen. The tech sees me coming and rushes to tell me that the part they thought was FUBAR, actually works now, fine, perfect - minimum service charge!
I get everything plugged in at home with 3 hours to deadline - and make it.
After all that rushing about? Somewhere between 6 weeks to 6 months of waiting before I hear back. Can anyone cross their fingers for that long? Because all I want to do now is get back to the second major edit - of the sequel.