My Act of Submission

I’ve been getting a lot of emails, asking how things are going now that I have an agent. Short answer: Great! But, I know, that answer doesn’t really say a lot.

The truth is, I am thrilled/amazed/thankful to have the support of such a wonderful person. But I still have to cook for the family, pay the bills and put away the mountain of laundry threatening to overtake my dining room. So in a lot of ways, things haven’t changed that much. At least, not yet.

In December, Michelle asked some questions, made some brilliant suggestions and I finished my edits on New Year’s Day. Then the day I left on vacation, she pitched a list of editors. Most of them asked to see the manuscript. Hooray!

And now…

…we wait.

And ignore the butterflies of anticipation.

Kind of like querying. (Yes, I just went to check my email as it dinged!)

Katie Anderson says to enjoy submissionitis, that pukey feeling that sends your pulse racing, sort of like first love.

Um, yeah. First boyfriend? We all know how that relationship turned out!
Still, I see her point. It’s all about enjoying every step of the journey.

Since this is my first time on submission, I have nothing to compare it to, but Stina Lindenblatt found a great post by ABLA agent Jennifer Laughran that you really should read, whether you’re on submission or still looking for an agent. It pretty much lays out all the details of what happens after you get an agent. It’s fun to read.

And to dream 🙂

22 thoughts on “My Act of Submission

  1. Still and all, even with the laundry and the bills and the kids, it must creep up on you. I can see the slow grin spreading over your face in the grocery store, people think you're weird but you're just realizing, “I'm out on submission.” I'm so happy for you.

  2. I'm so excited for you, Sherrie. I have a number of friends in the various phases of the submission process. It's interesting hearing what's going on with their books–and scary too. Good Luck!

    And thanks for the shout out. 😀

  3. I've heard the waiting during submissions can be harder than waiting while querying! I can't imagine that, but I'm sure you can! I know you'll share good news when you have it. And we're all rooting for you!

  4. Sherry! It's been a long time. (Totally my fault. I've been hybernating.) I didn't even know you had an agent so belated CONGRATULATIONS!!!! OMG! And I'm only 5% jealous-lol. Good luck out on submissions. Man, if it's like that first love, then I'm going to be doing a lot of crying when I get to that point-lol. I can't wait to read you novel!

  5. I like this post title. It says so much. Double meanings and all that. Being submissive means to be patient, to wait, to enjoy life while waiting for things out of one's control, be humble and avoid excessive expectations and great flights of fantasy. I am currently waiting for about 7 events to occur that are out of my hands, so yes I need to be submissive and take my own advice!

  6. congratulations! I can see how it can feel sureal since so many things don't change but at the same time it must be so exciting to know it's one step closer to being 'out there'! GOod luck!

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