Every day writers take this BIG step, sigh, and sink into their chairs spent.
We know the only way to enjoy contest success, receive offers of representation from agents, or sell books is to let our stories go, and yet it’s not an easy task.
Why? Because we hold high hopes but battle fear and doubt. Entering contests, querying, or going out on submission can result in emotions that fluctuate wildly as we await news from contest coordinators, agents, or editors.
There are hidden benefits to putting our work “out there,” though. Here are a few I’ve noticed in the two weeks since my agent sent my story out on submission.
Seven Benefits to Sending Your Story Out
•We check email promptly, being highly attuned to the tone that signifies the arrival of a new message.
•We frequent Twitter on a more regular basis as we await tweets from those to whom we’ve sent our work—or those who’ve sent it out on our behalf.
•We keep good track of our cell phones, not letting a single call or voice mail go unnoticed.
•We save our family members the need to answer the phone, racing to it before they have a chance to get there.
•We don’t miss any messages on our answering machines because we check them every time we pass by—and several more times a day just for good measure.
•We hone our editing skills as we draft and polish countless just-wanted-to–touch-base messages we (hopefully) talk ourselves out of sending.
•And we develop patience—whether we want to or not. 🙂
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I wanna know . . .
Do you have an entry, query, or submission “out there”?
How do you deal with the sometimes-agonizing wait when you do?
What are some of the hidden benefits you’ve discovered when you’ve sent your work into the world?
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This is Frabjous Friday, a day to have some fun and celebrate our successes. If you have good news, I invite you to share it in a comment so I can join in your happy dance. ~ Keli