Sending it Out

I had to snap this picture. It's a counter top in my kitchen, lunch bag, purse at the ready to head off to work. (Tea kettle and toaster oven accidentally getting into the mix. ;) ) On top of that white mess is reading material for my lunch hour. I like to sit in my car at the local mall and eat my sack lunch and sip McDonald's coffee. Oh, the reading material is Eric Maisel's Fearless Creating. I read this one several years ago. It was good enough that I want to take a second look at it, however I won't be reading it cover-to-cover.

The point of the picture is, however, the white mess that Maisel's book is sitting on top of. It's actually my  manuscript, 720-printed (total) pages of material in three submissions. I'll be sending them to editors I made contact with at various conferences. I'm also doing two electronic submissions. It's a start. When responses come back, I'll take the next step.

Two of the submissions had a November 30 deadline. The internal editor in me wanted to foil me. Wanted me to miss the deadline. Wanted me to think it still wasn't good enough to send out. I overcame the slave-driving internal editor! It was time to let go of the project, for now.

Interestingly, as I was formatting cover letters last night, I saw that it's been four years almost to the day since I sent out the manuscript I wrote before this one. The main character of this novel had been a secondary character in the other.

All of you who are sending out manuscripts, I wish you the best of luck!


  1. WONDERFUL, Cathy!!! I'm so proud of you for sending this story out! Way to overcome that stinkin' internal editor. Mean, mean internal editor! You are an inspiration. I wish you the very best and can't wait to hear about the responses you receive.

  2. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.



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