It’s a lot easier to send out a manuscript to an agent you don’t know than to people you admire.
So I”m curled up in the fetal position in a cafe, writing breathless emails to people I would never, in a million years, have read my book, asking them to uncap a red pen and let me have it. Really, really, let me have it.
No wonder most authors I admire were alcoholics. This shit is scary.
Not because they will tell me the book can be better. For they will, and should. Not because they won’t like me if they hate my writing. You can’t write what other people want to hear; you can only write the voices in your head.
So I’m not sure what the scary part is.
Okay, yes, of course I know. You know what casting directors expect when audition music cues? We all know—feel—on both sides of the mike that it go one of three ways. Either the voice I hear in my head moves the audience; passes, forgettable, though the minds of the audience; or turns the stomachs of the audience, making them laugh at my ridiculous self delusion.
Well, this is the moment when that music is cued.
And it’s just nauseating.
Oh my gosh, you have every right to be terrified. Trusting other people with your writing is a very scary endeavor. And then there’s the dread you have of the inevitable revision you have ahead of you (I hate revising…there, I said it).
But if you write half as well as I think you do, you are in capable hands.
Oh, man, that would be crazy! Have a drink or some chocolate, or a nap! Good luck!
Judging from the writing of yours that I’ve already read, you have NOTHING TO FEAR. It’s going to be a massive lovefest from your readers because you, my dear, are an AMAZING writer. (Though of course it’s scary to send out your novel and I want to validate that, but I am guessing you are going to be receiving a plethora of compliments and gushing reviews.)
I’m already applauding. So there.