I’ve put up my scarecrow again because I’ve got submission doubt and need something to scare away the crows.
These are particularly ornery ones I have to say. It wasn’t so bad the first time around because I was just so pleased to have had a full request. And true, the first lot of revisions were pretty intense but then, woohoo, I’d made it to the full-with-revisions stage and that was a great achievement.
But now I’m starting over and I’m wondering if I can do it again. Published authors must get this when it’s time to submit that second book and you have to prove that the first one was more than a fluke. Obviously I’m not at that stage yet but the full-with-revisions is a pretty high benchmark to have to repeat. What if I can’t? What if they don’t like the story? I think it’s better than my rejected manuscript – I’ve learned so much since then – but what if I’ve missed something vital?
Well, as Michelle S told me, the only thing I can control is the writing. I have to trust that it’s a good story and hope that they’ll want to see the rest of it. So I shall, which is why I’m continuing with writing the rest of it. And if it isn’t then ONE of my stories will get there. I’m damn well going to make certain of it.
I’d just like to say a big thanks at this point to all the lovely people who visit my sorry blog, and to all the other lovely people on the eHarlequin and Mills and Boon forums who have wished me luck. You guys are the best. Determination gets you a long way in this business but it certainly helps having other people being determined with you. So, thanks.
Anyway, I have had confirmation that my partial was received so it’s on with the waiting. And the NTAI. 🙂
PS. Did you know that the guidelines for Mills and Boon have been updated? Here they are here.