Thursday, September 9, 2010
Letting the Work Speak for Itself.
So sending off a book should be no problem, right? I mean I've sent my flesh and blood children into the world, so the book should be easy. It's just a book, right? Wrong.
Over the past two days, as I sent my work into the void, I was a nervous wreck, and I knew I had to calm down. The book I recently finished revising is not only back with the publisher who gave me such incredible input, but it was requested by an amazing agent in NYC. (Did you all hear me squeal from coast to coast?) If I should be signed by this woman, I would consider myself incredibly lucky and I'd know my career would be in good hands. So why was I having a meltdown?
Simple. I had to let go.
Just like parenting, I have to let my work stand on it's own and accept the loss of control. The book is really good, but there are no more training wheels, no more safety nets--the book, my literary baby, is going to succeed or fail on its own. And it's hard to face that. However, just like my children, I need to believe in what I've done and have faith that I've crafted a good story.
Of course, I'm scared to death, because I've been down this road before and the possibility of rejection is very real.
But it's also rewarding to know I took the step, that I made the attempt and that I was brave enough to let go.
It's the only way to move forward and as writers that's what we need to do. What are you doing to move forward?