Or, as I'm wont to call it, 'AAA, dammit.'
What exactly is this phenomenon? Let me illustrate.
You've done your homework, written your query, decided on an agent and you're subbing. This is exceptionally good, no? Farther than many you know. So you try to keep your trap shut and think happy thoughts -
- for the *first five days*
Then angst starts to set in. Your agent is super cool - she/he checks up on you, RTs you (if appropriate), is so fantastically supportive...it's just insane. And then. AND THEN.
The guilt slips in.
with every next email you send out you proceed to become more and more glum. I mean look, your agent is busting her/his rear to get your book published, you're working on the next one, but whenever you email them, you're taking up their valuable time. And you don't have anything to show them for it. You're not making them money, right now, you're a hindrance, not a help. It's that first little bit inbetween signing with them and signing with your pub.
I hate it, but I'm having AAA at present, eh. I'm trying to circumvent this horrible feeling by keeping to myself, writing (furiously) the next book, and thinking happy thoughts. Happy thoughts.
Though sometimes they sneak in.