Thursday, March 22, 2007

Getting Cold Feet

So, I'm nearing the end. I'm almost done with the revisions on my first 3 chapters, and then I'll be able to send them off to Richmond. I should be excited, relieved, on cloud nine, right? So how come I feel like I'm about to upchuck my last meal whenever I think about it? It might have something to do with the fact that I've heard about several writers on the eHarlequin boards receiving rejections (some of them very positive rejections, but rejections none the less) recently. These are talented writers. What makes me think mine will be any different?

And this is when analysis paralysis takes over. I tend to over think things (go figure--I make my living as an analyst). But I can't help wondering what I'll do if they reject my ms? I've been working on it for 4 years! Will all that work have been for nothing? As long as I hang on to it, it can't be rejected, right? I know that's a stupid attitude, but I can't help that mentality from creeping in once in a while. But don't worry--I don't give in to it. I'm going to submit...and soon.

Get ready stomach. You're in for a bumpy ride.


lainey bancroft said...

(((Marcy))) I know exactly where you're coming from.

Having 1 agent R and 1 'positive' harlequin R under my belt, I can tell you it really isn't as bad as what our minds conjure. Should they decline, you'll survive.

The 2 things important to remember are:

-An R is NOT a reflection of you, or even your abilities as a writer. Market conditions, imprint requirements and a whole lotta other things I can't think of right now factor in

-Harlequin is great, but it ain't the only game in town, baby! Should they pass, get that puppy right back in the mail and give someone else the lucky opportunity to snatch it up!

Marcy said...

You're right, Lainey. It's easy to get wrapped up in Harlequin being the be all and end all, but they're not. And you have the sale to prove it. All I can do is shine it up, send it off, and stop obsessing. I think I'll feel better once it's out of my hands.

Thanks for the advice!

Mel said...

Just have a buddy when you go to send it off. Someone who will be the cheerleader for you. As Lainey said eharlequin isn't the only fish in the publshing sea.
Even after saying that it's still scary so carry around Tums for emergencies.

Marcy said...

Thanks for the advice, Mel. Luckily the people on the eHarlequin boards provide loads of support, so I know I'll have people to commisserate with when I do submit. :-)