I occasionally submit to publishers of varying levels of officialness, and the wait always kills me. As submissions go, it usually ends in rejection (if the company sends out rejection at all rather than just letting you eventually assume it) and the wait is always worse than the rejection
My other submitters, how do you survive the wait? What keeps your mind off it?
I face this a lot too, but what I do is that I keep making good art and I keep writing. Many of the greatest writers faced tons of rejection before getting their first "yes". To keep your mind off it is to keep approving yourself. Let "I am good at what I do and people love what I do" be your mantra. After all, approval starts with yourself.
Oh, I know your pain. From novel submissions. I wish I had great advice for you, though. I really liked your subject line... and I think that's how I deal with it. In other words, just assume that no response is coming and that your part/concern is done. Then move on to other projects, or video games, or...you know, your regular routine. Not saying it's at all easy to not think about it, but as we know doing so will make you nuts. But thinking of it as a done activity seems best to me.
The only rejection I face is from the entire human race. -sunglasses emoji-
I'm curious though, are you maintaining ownership of your work and just need someone to officially print and distribute? Or is this more of a digital curator/publishing company?
You do get the final say over the actual book, right?
Sure, I'd love to get my garbage in print form, but I sincerely doubt an actual publisher would accept it, so I don't bother. I'd prefer to just struggle along with my own incompetence rather than have a third party breathing down my neck, y'know?
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I tend to send my work to as many people as I can at once, then begin working on something else completely for a while, focusing my mind away from the replies. If I get a bunch of rejections (or no reply at all) in the next three or so months, I edit the work I sent, and send it to a bunch of other places. It's not a flawless system since I still feel anxious, but it's the best method I know of.
I dive into my work, is what I do. Busy myself with other things to get my mind off the wait, make productive use of that wait. I work on other comics and commissions, I keep writing, drawing, reading, scouting for URL's, site hosts, and shooting the shit with other comic creators.
Just keep in mind that each rejection you receive gets you 1 step closer to being hired. I've taught myself this, and my rejections feel less like a blow and more like "okay good that's out of the way". I hope that helps!
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