You create your masterpiece. Polish it to within an inch of your life and then you do it. You hit the send button. Let the waiting begin. If you’re anything like me you want instant gratification. After all, with technology the way it is anything is possible. But is a response in a few hours realistic? No, definitely not. LOL I have to take a step back and realize I’m not the only writer my editors are receiving submissions from.
It’s not easy being a writer. When you send your baby off into the big bad world it’s scary. Just thinking about my story being under a magnifying glass, viewed by a critical eye, gives me the willies. With each page the editor examines every word I’ve written looking for errors and wonders if I have a unique plot. She’s looking to see if I can weave a riveting tale.
As time goes by a million questions form in my mind. Will the editor like the story? Will she think – what the f%^& was this writer thinking? Is she laughing at my attempts to write? These are questions I ask myself every single time I send a manuscript out.
I’ve landed six contracts since December 2008, but it doesn’t ease the fear of rejection. And truthfully in between those six contracts I’ve had a few rejections.
I am happy to announce that since my last post I’ve seen the release of Splashing Good Time at www.jasminejade.com. One Tasty Night, the sequel to Mistletoe Studs will be available May 22nd at www.aspenmountainpress.com AND my editor at Ellora’s Cave has graciously accepted a story titled Body Shots. It should be published in November as part of their Wet Theme. My last bit of good news is Reign Me In, a short story has been contracted by Noble Romance for their Spank Me anthology. So, while I am scared to just hit send, none of this would have been possible if I hadn’t.
Until next month…