Instant Gratification: I Blame America

So, I’ve decided that one of my problems with the whole writing/querying/having a real career thing is that I am used to this instant gratification lifestyle we have here in America.  Who wants to spend month after month after month writing and editing and writing and editing and then sending queries and waiting for rejections and then sending more queries and waiting for more rejections when I can get a meal in 5 minutes from the local McDonalds or a new book online in 2 minutes or a new song in 30 seconds?  The whole writing to publication process takes TOO DAMN LONG and I don’t have the patience for it.  And I blame America.

Growing up, weren’t we told that we could be anything we wanted to be?  That we could do anything we wanted to do?

I was.

But you know what- it’s not true.  Not really.  I worked really hard in high school and college.  I got great grades.  But you know what those great grades got me?  Absolutely nothing.  Because I didn’t really know what I wanted when I was getting them.  And now, I know what I want but am not really in the position to get it.  I don’t have the time to work on my writing.  I don’t have the time to research agents and write and send queries.  Then wait for the inevitable rejections before sending out another round of queries.

I want it to be instantaneous!

I want the first agent I send my first draft of my first novel to read it and say “Yes!  Please let me represent you!”  And then I want to get a call from said agent a day later saying that the first publisher she sent the book to wants it and is willing to pay me a whole boatload of money for it.  And then I want it to go straight to the top of the NY Times Best Sellers list.

I realize this isn’t how the world works.  I just wish it was.  I know it’s probably a good thing the world doesn’t work this way.  But, man, it would make my life a whole lot easier!






A little thing that makes me happy: single servings of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!






An update on my milestones:

This is my 93rd post.

There are 39 days left until the 1 year anniversary!

And I’ve had 4,950 views (only 50 to go!)

14 thoughts on “Instant Gratification: I Blame America

  1. I am right there with you. We all just have to hang in there and try our best to offer that “instant gratification” in the form of being each other’s cheerleaders 🙂

  2. That’s really cool, Rachel. Only 39 days more.

    Well, I’m like you, I want the instant results. I want to have my book published already!

    Why does everything have to take time?


  3. Oh yes…i am constantly searching for gratification in the writing world, now stuck at the point of being on submission and then…and then…and then…started writing book #2 because I realized it will take a while….keep writing whenever you can my friend!


      1. You’re sweet Rach, thanks! 🙂 And if writing is a life thing for you, it will happen because you’ll put your energy and love behind it, you can do it! 🙂

  4. I’m with you on that scenario Rachel: I want the agent to find me! And I want him/her to ask me, call me, e-mail me all the time saying, “this is the best book we’ve ever read- we’re dying to represent you” 🙂

    I know, I know…
    But still, wouldn’t it be amazing?
    Off I go to eat some Ben & Jerry’s now… 😉

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