My kids are off school this week which means my schedule is out the window. And to throw a further wrench into things, we took off for a bit of a holiday. For Easter and the first half of the week we escaped to the mountains, and then we skipped over two provinces for a brief stint in the prairies.
What does this mean to my writing? Well, like I said, the schedule is out the window. But I’m still managing to sneak some words in where I can.
Inevitably the question comes up, “Are you still writing?”
To which I answer, “Yup.”
“Have you been published yet?”
“Well, yes, a few things.”
“What about your book?”
“Well, um…no, not yet.”
I hate this conversation. A lot. And it’s not because they don’t care. It’s because they do. That, and they don’t realize how hard it actually is to get published.
There seems to be such a misconception that if you simply write a book (cause that’s simple, right?) then it should be available in the bookstores a few weeks later. It can be incredibly hard (impossible) to explain the ins and outs of the industry. So often (okay, most of the time) I don’t bother, I simply respond with, “Not yet. But I’m working on it. I’ll let you know when you can buy it.”
I realize it’s a cop out.
But what about you? Do you get this question? How do you handle it?