Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Insecure Writers:Ready or Not...

To query or not to query, that is the question. When do you know you’re ready? When you’ve combed through your story a hundred times? Check. Had someone you trust critique every single line? Check. Fixed obvious plot holes left from that middle of the night caffeine induced burst of inspiration when you changed the story completely? Check. Read entire manuscript out loud despite crazy looks from family? Check.

Wrote stunning query letter sure to blow prospective dream agents out of their office chairs in seizures of happiness? Well…I think so. But despite my feelings, I am leaving it to simmer on a back burner for a few weeks. When I return, I am hoping to find the brilliance I’m sure I left on the page but I’ve been in this position before. My biggest fear is sending out the query too soon, and thereby blowing my shot at those top ten agents I’d sell my soul for.

I think a little insecurity in this case might be a good thing. It might prevent me from acting impulsively. But I refuse to let fear cripple me forever so at some point I am moving forward…ready or not.

Here I come.

This post has been part of The Insecure Writer's Support Group.  Therapy priced just right for a starving writery budget.


  1. You're ready. Just start slow and don't send queries to all your top picks right away. Get a feel for how your query letter is working first. Wow, best of luck. Fingers crossed for you!

  2. Go for it, Marsha! Fingers crossed for you!

  3. Good plan. Blow 'em out of their seats!

  4. I agree. As I've never completed a second draft, I'm pretty sure I'm not ready :)

    Good luck! I'm cheering for you. Marsha, Marsha, she's our man! er- well, yeah...

  5. I am so rooting for you! I think you're right, taking it slowly is the wisest decision. I love your determination and I wish you the best luck. I'm sure you'll find the success you're looking for.

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

  6. Better to be a little insecure than to stride around thinking your manuscript is God's gift to literature. It's humbling, especially when that particular agent/editor comes back and says they love what they read and want it.

    Good luck with submissions!


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