Today I’m tickled to say that the novel I’ve been working on is a step closer to being ready for submission. Yes, it’s done — okay, another read-through wouldn’t hurt. Yes, the format and paging is consistent — although I might want to check it again. Yes, there’s a list of agents for me to consider — yikes, agents: folks who’ve read hundreds of books and each of them have particular likes and dislikes. That’s scary, maybe I should —
No. I’m not going to put the book in the bottom drawer of my desk and let it cool until the next century. No. I’m not going to lie down and bury my head with my pillow. Writers are notoriously introspective and shy, but I’ll be bold and get my novel out there. I’ll do it by pretending I’m someone else, someone with confidence and tremendous writing abilities. Yup. That’s what I’ll do. If I need more encouragement I’ll look back at the quote above my computer. The one I kept in mind as I wrote. The one I think I lived up to.
Phyllis Naylor said,
The reader must sense that she has not merely stepped into a book but into a tangled web of emotions and conflicts that aren’t going to be easily resolved.
(Good grief – that sounds a lot like real life)
Keep your fingers crossed for me. Advice would be appreciated.