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Hitting Send

As I've written in a previous post, the NESCBWI (New England Society Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Conference in Nashua was a life changing experience for me. I was so thrilled to have my work be well-received.

So why was it so hard to hit SEND?

I had edited it repeatedly...numerous writer friends had read and commented on the full manuscript...I polished and tweaked....done all I could think to do. My letter was written and pasted into the email, synopsis attached with the manuscript. But I couldn't send it on its way.

Must be I'm too much of a perfectionist. There is always more I can do to improve.

Maybe I'm just a big chicken!

With the promise of a dinner out from my husband and many of my friends and family cheering me on (SEND! SEND! SEND! SEND!), I came home, took a deep breath and hit send.

Whereby an error message promptly popped up from Yahoo...."Not sure why, but our usually-reliable server made a mistake while sending this message. Please try again."

Of course it did. And the next four times I hit send.

Is this cosmic forces at work?

I opened a new window...copied and pasted the email, reattached the synopsis and manuscript. Hit send.

Whew. I'm exhausted.

Good thing I don't have to cook dinner tonight.
: )


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 6th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! Enjoy your night out!
I so understand this feeling. It take such emotional effort for me to send something out. I think that's why I don't submit very often!
May. 6th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that makes me feel better! I thought I was losing it when I couldn't push that button. You keep submitting, though, I love what you do!
May. 6th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Good luck! My fingers and toes are crossed that you get a quick and positive response.

I think hesitating to send something out is totally normal. And I've learned not to open manuscripts after I send them out. No matter how many times I've gone over the first pages, I always find something I'd change.
May. 7th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Ooooh! Great advice...I would feel terrible if I found something now. I am just going to focus on the other projects and put it out of my mind.
May. 6th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
I am SO excited for you. Yay for the SEND button!!!
May. 7th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, my sensei...I wouldn't even have something to send if it weren't for you.
May. 6th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'll be holding thumbs for you!!!
May. 7th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Now there's something you don't hear every day! Can you cross your fingers while holding your thumbs? If so, can you do that too. Of course, then you'd have to write with your feet...

Thanks for the well wishes!
May. 6th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

I get incredibly neurotic about hitting send -- one of the reasons I find querying so time-consuming is that I read everything over and over trying to spot errors or tweak that sentence one last time...then I usually get a response which makes it patently obvious that the reader hasn't spent much time at all looking at it! So lately I just try to click send really fast before I can stop myself.
May. 7th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Haha! I can picture that. I see what you mean, though. The next time I am going to hit send within only 18 hours of composing the email!
May. 7th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a good time limit! Enough so you can get perspective but not enough for serious delays.
May. 7th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
OMG! I'm so glad your persistence paid, though! Good luck!
May. 7th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! Here's hoping! I'm so lucky to have the writers I met in Vt and NH to help talk me through it all.
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