Thursday, May 12, 2011

How Do You Know When to Submit?

This is a tricky one.  My new WIP is off to my editor.  I thought it was ready.  (My agent didn't)

I've seen people send things off way too early.  I've also seen the opposite.  I've seen people over-revise.  They keep getting feedback and keep reworking and reworking until the story has lost some of its original appeal. 

So, how do you know when you have hit that "sweet' spot.  The place where it is time to submit.

I think a good writer has to trust her instincts on this.   Did I feel like there was no way my manuscript could be improved?  No.  It's not about being "perfect".   It's about being "irresistible."  I felt like any editor who read it would love it enough to want to work with me on "perfecting" it. 

Not to sound conceited, but I felt that it was too charming and compelling to pass up.   That's the time to send it out.  When you can't imagine anyone would say 'no."

When you can drop it in the mailbox and walk away with a huge smile on your face.

10 comments:

Kim said...

You go! The image of you walking away with a huge smile on your face says to me you made the right decision. Here's hoping it's a home run! :)

Julie Hedlund said...

You go, girl! And I do think it's instinct all the way.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Always go with your instincts. :) CONGRATS on sending it out.

Melissa said...

Good job!!

One Woman's Thoughts said...

I'm putting it in the universe about your work . . . may your editor accept it with the same smile that you mailed it.

Susanne Drazic said...

Fingers crossed!

Laura Renegar said...

I hope the editor loves it! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I hope your editor loves your ms. :) You are right about knowing when your ms is ready to send out...You have to trust your gut.

Michelle Teacress said...

Oh, don't feel dumb. We understand. :)
I haven't sent anything out yet, but it makes sense to follow your gut and the advice of trusted critique partners.
Have a great weekend.

Carla said...

That's awesome! It does bring up a question, though...do you submit your manuscripts or does your agent? I'm still brand new at this and haven't even attempted to get an agent--just curious about the process. ;)

Carla