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The chick is at the gate

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.

Arnold H. Glasow

I sent this around by twitter and facebook to followers to let them know that the e-book for Twist of Fate is ready for posting and scheduled to come out this weekend. What I’ve found while not smashing my egg, however, is that “scheduled” and reality are too very different birds – I’ll post a link once reality arrives!

Still, I’ve also learned how appropriate this saying is … mom and I are older women and our patience wears thin at times. But we have hatched this egg in stages – dreaming up ideas and finalizing plot pieces, then polishing our egg using our own sweat and skills.

There have been many moments of joy — from the simple pleasure of working together as mother and daughter over many lunches and telephone conversations to the excitement of finding a publisher to seeing the book in its layout stages. But there have been just as many times when it would feel great to smash that egg in frustration as life got in the way and deadlines came and passed, leaving promises in the dust.

One of the most important milestones for me personally is that I have learned and accepted that this IS going to happen. That people at my publishing firm are hard at work behind the scenes making it happen, and that when it does, this chickadee will be their pride and joy as well as ours. I have also learned that there are many friends and fellow writers and new acquaintances waiting to see mom and I succeed.

To all of you, thanks for your patience and support. Stayed tuned for the chicken.

Genilee Swope Parente

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Aside

The art of patience

Although my title suggests I’m about to give you tips on how to live through that awful period of “radio silence” when your editor is giving a final polish to your book and you have no publication date yet but many people asking when they can see your creation, I’m afraid I can’t do that. I can only tell you there is no “art” involved with patience. Only fingernail biting and finding ways to keep going instead of losing steam or getting angry with promises that don’t arrive when you expect them.

Patience, as the saying goes, is a virtue, and one that doesn’t come naturally to most of us.

You’ve spent every free moment for the last year and a half writing, squeezed out as much material as you can from the cells in your brain that birth creativity, put feelings and emotions you didn’t know you had into your work. So why do you have to wait to share it with the world?

I say it’s because you are not writing just for yourself, but for your readers. If you care enough about what you do to want to get it into the hands of the right audience – the people who feel something similar to what you felt when you created your masterpiece in the first place – you have to take the right steps. In the publishing world, that means waiting for the decision makers – editors, production people, then the marketing staff – to do their jobs and do them right. They are in the business to make money and if you’ve placed your creation in their hands and they asked for a contract, that means they believe in your project. But they need time to make it happen.

Only a handful of artists are lucky enough not be forced to play the waiting game, and that handful probably doesn’t appreciate success to the degree that you will if you stick it out. The important thing is to never give up.

And while you’re waiting, work on the less polished aspects of your art. Finish that second book; write a short story; start a blog. You’re supposed to be an artist, and that means, you’re supposed to love the journey as much as the destination. If you’re awaiting arrival at the next station, just remember your can always distract yourself by working on a side trip.

 

 

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