An Open Letter to My Future Reader

Dear Future Reader,

I’m writing this letter today to express the words that so many writers like me want to say to you:

I’m sorry it’s taking me so long to get my book into your hands! I’m trying—really, I am!

Now you may not know that you’re waiting to read my book. You may not even know who I am. In fact, you most likely don’t. And sure you have a million amazing books available to you already, many on your to be read list. So it’s not like you don’t have anything to read.

But, I have this book (or a few actually) that I have been working on for a really long time. You may be wondering, in fact, what’s taking me so long to get this book into your hands. Well, here’s the thing…

I’m revising it to be sure it’s a book that you will want to read. And that takes time. I’m polishing it up to make sure it’s as well-written as I can make it. I’m working my way through the publishing process, one that requires a lot of patience. I’m querying. I’m revising again. I’m working with my agent. I’m revising some more based on her suggestions. I’m out on submission to editors. I’m revising again. I’m at some point going to be revising further based on suggestions from my future editor. I’ll be revising a lot more then. I’ll be polishing up my manuscript so much (with the help of amazing publishing people) that it will be a book you’ll want to read. One that will make you want to turn the page, and all the pages after that. One that will make you feel all the feels of emotion that I felt while writing it. One that will make you happy you read it.

Sure I could skip a few steps in this long tedious process, but then the book may not turn out as well as I hope it will. Or maybe there will be many more steps than I’m even mentioning here. But if you get anything all from this letter to you, I hope it’s this:

I know you’re going to love my book because I’ve put my heart and soul into it and so have many other people. But this process takes time and a ton of patience. And please don’t think I’m dilly-dallying or dragging my feet on this one. As much as I know you’re waiting to read my book (even though you don’t know it yet), I’m even more anxious for you to read it. So even if there’s only one person out there who is my future reader, I plead with you. Don’t forget about me, or the other writers like me. Don’t get sick of waiting. Because there are many, many amazing books out there, just waiting for the right time to be born. And when that time comes, I hope you’ll still be waiting, because I’m writing this one just for you…and I do it all for the day when I’ll see my book baby in your hands, loving it as much as I do!

Thanks for waiting. I promise you, it will be worth it. 🙂

All my best,

Every Writer who has ever Dreamed for a Real Live Book Baby.

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