The Best Job in the World

Right, so I’m back from the wilds of Ohope. Had a thoroughly lovely time and did not think about the manuscript – no, not once. But now I’m back with the PoD (Phone of Doom) and the IoD (Inbox of Despair), both of which were silent as the grave. Wish I was back in Ohope again!

In the meantime I have been thinking of ways to explain to people just how hard getting published is. Mainly because the one question I keep being asked is ‘So, are you published yet?’, like it’s a diet you keep meaning to start or a place you keep meaning to go. Yes, I say to them, how slack of me to be trying full time for a year to get published and haven’t managed to do so yet. How incredibly slow and dull.

I’ve thought that perhaps one of the best ways to describe it is telling people that getting a manuscript accepted is like applying for the Best Job in the World. You have a position that 50 thousand people apply for, and you have to be the one out of all those 50 thousand who has that something special that makes you right for the job.
Now, I don’t know how many manuscripts M&B get a year and it may not be 50 thousand but that’s the best equivalent I can come up with. So now I tell people that where I am now is kind of like making the shortlist but they’re still considering my appropriateness for the job.
Of course it means that if I don’t get the job, I’ll have to begin the process all over again!

Anyway, better get my contest entries in before the deadline. What’s everyone else doing?

9 thoughts on “The Best Job in the World”

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this analogy! I too hate that question and the look people give when you say you write and haven’t instantly hit bestseller lists!! They are SOOOOOOOO naive!!

    Hanging out for your news too!

  2. Hey Rach!! It’s a good one isn’t it?
    I reckon we’re both doing quite well in that we made the shortlist! Anyway, yeah, that response from people really gets my goat. I’m wondering if it’s because of the fact that it’s romance. As if getting a romance novel published is any easier!

    I’m hanging out as well. And feeling sick about it…

  3. Just the kind of questioning you need to lighten your mood and cheer you up while you wait 😉

    Sounds like you could do with a succession of holidays to distract you.

    It’s one of the reasons why, other than my husband, I only talk about writing to you nice people 🙂

  4. I reckon, Lorraine. Thing is, their optimism is so nice! It’s not ‘are you published?’ it’s ‘are you published yet’. Yet being the operative word. Which is quite cool.

    But a succession of holidays would be nice. In fact, if someone could give me something to knock me out entirely until some kind of decision is made, that would be grand. 😉

  5. Thought I would pop over and say hi! And I’ve always totally hated that question as well. Especially when the final word was accompanied with a little upward tilt of the lip which is almost but not quite a smile!!!

    Hope you hear good news soon!

  6. Glad you had a good time and will keep fingers crossed for your contest entries.

    Someone mentioned recently that she might dash off a quick romance as her husband’s job is under threat (economic climate has a lot to answer for). My evil side wants to leave her to it, but because I’m a very nice friend, I’ll make her read this post so she knows exactly what to expect.

    Rachael’s right, this is a great analogy.

    🙂

  7. I think a lot of the process also comes down to the waiting. You can’t just keep submitting you have to wait those months until you get your reply and in the mean time you get to tell people over and over again that you’re not quite there yet lol

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