“Any word on your novel yet?”
This is a total venting post. Be pre-warned.
Who else gets extraordinarily annoyed whenever a family member or close friend asks, “So, have you heard any word on your novel yet?” It drives me positively up the wall! I just want to look at them, give them a nasty look, and say, “If I heard anything about my novel, don’t you think I would f@#$ing tell you?! Don’t you think I would be bouncing off the walls in excitement, calling everyone in my address book, and posting it repetitively on Facebook?!” (Okay, I don’t curse in real life, but that’s what I’m thinking in my head!)
I know they’re trying to be nice and make conversation, show that they care about what I’m doing, etc. But to me it just feels like every person who asks that is simply rubbing it in that I haven’t heard anything back yet! It’s like every time they ask and I say no, I can practically hear them thinking in their heads “She just needs to accept that if she hasn’t heard by now then the book isn’t going to sell.” Or, “obviously the book isn’t good enough if it’s taking over two weeks to hear back.”
Alright, obviously I can’t know if they’re thinking that or not, but it frustrates me because no one understands how slowly the industry works. Even if I try to explain it, it just doesn’t get through to their non-book industry minds!
And no matter how many times I say, “Thanks for asking, but I promise if there’s word on my books I’ll let you know,” in the most un-annoyed/pleasant voice possible, they still continue to ask. Can’t they get a hint?!?!?
Okay, end of venting post. Do any of you feel the same way?