"So when are you going to get it published?"
I have a sarcastic streak that a friend of mine swears I don't have (she doesn't know how much I've tried to temper it), and there are times when I have to grit my teeth to keep it from showing its face. This question is one of those times
Tomorrow. Definitely tomorrow. You should start seeing my book next to Twilight in less than a week. Because it's just. that. easy.
I have it down. "Well, I'm still editing. And once I'm done with that, I have to send it off to agents. They read it and decide if they want to represent it to a publisher, who has to decide to publish it. I don't have that much say in the matter."
To which they reply, "Oh, yeah, I know about agents. I heard an interview with an author on NPR, and he talked about writing the query letter and how hard it was to find an agent."
Yes. Thank you for your words of wisdom. NPR, why didn't I think of that?
It's okay. I probably ask stupid questions about your job, too - I'm sure I do, actually. And I'll answer this question again...
"Soon. I'm going to get it published soon. God willing. It's really a 'God willing' thing. No, really. Seriously. I don't have any control past my storytelling skills and query writing skills. No, you don't understand...I can't set a date!"
What about you? Got any good sarcastic - or, better yet, gracious - answers to this dreaded question?