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October 21, 2010

The Fear of Submission by Gillian Archer

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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Not the sexy Dom kind, the scary editor kind.

I’m sure it’s not an uncommon thing for newbie writers. Something about the thought hitting that send button and shipping my story off into the big, bad publishing world scares the bejesus out of me. I have tonnes of excuses. The beginning isn’t quite right yet. I’m not sure the hero’s arc is deep enough. Editors probably aren’t even looking for winter themed stories right now–it’s too late in the season. Did I do a comma check? I could go on and on! And believe me, I have to all my writerly friends.

What is it that really frightens me about submitting? Is it rejection? Maybe. But not that any particular publisher will reject me–I’m more afraid all of them will. It’s not a great source of anxiety though. I have more stories and eventually one of them will land with my ideal publisher. No, I think my fear is based on what if someone accepts it. *sigh* I’m crazy, I know. But I don’t feel like I’m ready. I don’t know when or even if I will ever feel ready. I know I still have lots to learn. What if a publisher accepts me and I’m not ready? What if I don’t have the skills to get through the content/line editing process? What if I get accepted but pushed onto an editor who doesn’t like me, one who doesn’t understand my voice? What if I get accepted, get published but no one buys my books?

It’s that last one that freezes me in my tracks and I go down the it’s not ready yet path and round ‘n’ round we go. Eventually the ride will stop. I will have to pick a point and say enough already and push that send button. But I have a feeling that moment will be accompanied by a lot of booze! And maybe a little hand holding!!

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9 Comments »

  1. Gillian, sweetie, not everyone will love your books, editors included, But, it only takes one. Your book will never be perfect and that’s okay, too. It’s striving for perfection that counts. I have experienced the agony of rejection, repeatedly and survived. I fear the unknown of edits and re-writes. Like a virgin on her honeymoon, I have a general idea of what transpires, but keep thinking I will be the first one ever to do it wrong. I understand alcohol helps in that instance as well. Remember you have a lot of friends to hold your hand and fill you glass.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — October 21, 2010 @ 04:54 | Reply

    • Awww, thanks Debbie. Good to know I can count on you for hand holding and booze 😉

      Comment by Gillian Archer — October 21, 2010 @ 07:25 | Reply

  2. I *so* hear you on this one! Maybe we should make a pact and send our submissions out at the same time?!

    Comment by Ellie Writes Too — October 21, 2010 @ 07:26 | Reply

    • Hmmm, what kinda time frame are we talking here, Ellie? No, I’m not stalling… just coordinating lol 🙂

      Comment by Gillian Archer — October 21, 2010 @ 07:53 | Reply

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  5. I think we all have that holy crap, should I be doing this before we hit the send button. I know I certainly do every time I submit something. In my experience editors aren’t nearly as scary as I thought they’d be. They have a vested interest in your success so they want you to put out the best book you can and if you need a little hand holding to learn the ropes most of them are more than willing to do that to get you rolling.

    You’ve got a great voice and I have no doubt you will find other people who enjoy it as well. You can count on me for a little hand holding and butt kicking depending on what you need. LOL

    Comment by Lauren Fraser — October 21, 2010 @ 11:59 | Reply

    • Thanks, Lauren. I have a feeling I’ll be asking for the butt kicking here shortly 🙂

      Comment by Gillian Archer — October 22, 2010 @ 01:35 | Reply

  6. I know exactly how you feel, Gillian. Every time I send something off, I become physically ill. Can’t help it. I’m sending a piece of off with the great expectations and great tripudation that whoever reads my submission will either hate or love it. Can’t help that feeling. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to do it. You have that courage, so go for it!

    Comment by Judith — October 22, 2010 @ 04:57 | Reply


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