Friday, August 21, 2009

The Power of "Send"

Okay, one proposal sent, and I just need to spiffy up a cover letter and tweak a few things to personalized the second. Whew... That's a relief.

Or is it?

Pressing the send button on my email proposal had to be one of the most gut-wrenching, anxiety-producing aspects of writing so far.

Consider this analogy. Completing a manuscript is like having a baby. The gestation period may vary from months to years, but once complete, is a joy. You count its fingers and toes, and check to see if it has a beginning, middle, and end. It's all yours and it even looks like you.

Sending out a manuscript is like sending your child off to kindergarten--alone--in a rough neighborhood. You hope it will be ok, but there's nothing you can do about it now--only pray that it doesn't pick up a biker boyfriend and return home covered in tattoos.

Okay, I have metaphor issues.

But there is now one more manuscript out there trying to make its way in the cruel world of agents and publishers. Auditioning, in a sense, trying to break into a competitive field with little opportunity for financial reward.

Does it even make sense?

Only to writers. And now on to the second book.


  1. Proud that you sent it out in this big bad world.... hope you hear good news back!

  2. Thanks. Although I'm now getting nervous every time I open my inbox!