Submission Jitters

United States
February 2, 2008 2:59pm CST
I currently submitted my first manuscript to a publisher. When doing so, after I had typed the email and attached the manuscript, I found myself just sitting, staring at the send button. A part of me wanted to cry. My heart was beating so fast I thought for sure it would jump out of my chest. I knew that it wasn't a blind submission, I had already sent my query and they had requested I send my manuscript, however, I felt as though... I'm not sure, but it was scary! I finally hit the send button, looked at the clock and discovered - Oh my Goodness, I sat here for 45 minutes just staring? Has anyone else a story of first time submission jitters? Have you not done it yet but are scared witless? Do you have advice or thoughts on the matter? Any and all comments would be read and appreciated!
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• United States
2 Feb 08
Hi fieryeyed. You probably described me as if you were a fly on the wall watching me submit my first manuscript, years ago. I literally experienced the same thing you have described here. You know what? It passes. For me, it must have been, as you describe, the submission jitters. Maybe it was the idea that the particular manuscript I was working on was finally at 'the end' stage. It was almost as though I was burying someone. Since then, I have continued to submit articles, manuscripts and so on, and am here to say, "I make a very good living writing". Keep it up. Some days are diamond...some days are stone, but, we keep on writing regardless.
• United States
3 Feb 08
What kind of writing do you do, Terilee? Do you write books, write for magazines, the Internet? I'd love to hear more as an aspiring writer myself.
• United States
3 Feb 08
I have been 'doodling' all my life. I have written articles for our newspaper and have had several articles published in magazines. I have written a lot of Internet things, some for writing sites, some I did for webpages. What really boosted my writing was a genealogy manuscript from a collection of over 40 years of research. The manuscript was a story of the migration of my ancestry and how they ended up where they did. That research too me on a journey of learning how they cooked, what they ate and how their eating habits changed with the migration, which in turn, led to a wonderful cookbook of family recipes. Some of the recipes date back to the 1800s. Each recipe has a story to go along with it. The genealogy manuscript shifted my attention to editing for other researchers, so I spent some time editing other people's work. At the same time, still trying to sell my work and doing website articles. Poetry, query letters, newspaper articles and other pieces in various catergories and genres just kept my fingers in the pot, so to speak. All the while, I knew I had to write 'my story'. Eventually, that story began to flow like a river. It flooded on the paper, from my memory, through my heart and soul, drifting around my brain and came out like it had to help me put it all on paper. It was made into a complete manuscript with hopes I would at least get it into a book that would sell. That was not to be....... I took a job co-writing and editing scripts. My employer/friend read my manuscript and liked it. He liked it so much, he bought the rights to it. He has plans to make it into a television series that will debut in fall of 2009. Currently, I'm back to doodling. I'm producing a series of books which are spinoffs of the first cookbook, and I'm still writing articles for newspaper and magazines. Of course I'm still working part time with my employer/friend, spending most of the time editing, polishing and extending the original manuscript. I'm not going to be famous or anything....but I'm writing, and my writing is recognized. I'm handsomely rewarded for it - that's a big plus. I never stuck myself in one genre. I write what I feel and what I know, based on the wisdom I've gathered throughout life, which has been a fascinting ride. Keep up with your writing......even when you think you have nothing to say, or think no one wants to read it. Write it anyway.
• United States
2 Feb 08
I have never submitted anything for the perusal of an editor and have to admit to being more than a little scared at the prospect of doing so. I have been writing since my teens. I'm not sure exactly when I started, but it began after I started reading romance and science fiction novels. There were a couple of them that left me sitting there thinking, "I could do better than that!" I always wrote for my own enjoyment more than anything and love to go back and do re-writes as I get older, developing my stories to reflect myself. Some time during the last few years something changed. I've experienced an ever increasing desire to publish something and an ever decreasing urge to sit down and write. I often wonder if anyone else has experienced this. I know that what I write is pretty good because I can sit down and read it myself and enjoy it, but I'm sure that there is more than a little favoritism involved! The thought of having someone else read my work scares me senseless though. Kudos to you for finding the strength to do that. I hope it goes well for you and that you'll let us know if your book gets published so that we can run out and buy a copy. Can I ask how you started on your path to submitting a manuscript? I am completely clueless and was hoping for a hint as to how to get started in case I ever manage to work up my nerve! Thanks!
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@choices (20)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Your post is very inspiring. I've been weighing the possibility of writing a semi-autobiographic piece for sometime, but I wouldn't even know where to begin.
@gemini_rose (16268)
3 Feb 08
First of all well done! Thats the hard part over, you have sent it and I hope it all goes well for you! I would love to write a book, I always say it, but never do it so maybe thats my submission jitters, actually sitting down and putting all the millions of ideas onto paper and seeing if any of them amount to anything that scares me i guess!! I always use the excuse that I havent got the time!
@AnythngArt (3303)
• United States
3 Feb 08
I have done some writing online, but even that evokes fear in me (fear of failure, to be sure). I haven't submitted anything anywhere else, but I am still working on my writing. For years I worked as an editor, fixing other people's writing, and trust me, that is much easier than writing myself. Good luck to you. The main thing to remember is that you were brave enough to push the button. That says something!