Querying: the two words you need to hear

Remember that book I wrote last weekend that just came to me from a dream? Well I’m sending it out today. I could have sent it out last week, but I was a little shocked that the book came to me so easily and was done in pretty much 48 hours. I was waiting for the catch. For the other shoe to drop. For realization of my own incompetence to hit me like a freight train. So I waited all week, and nothing happened.

So there’s really nothing left to do but send it out. Well, there’s fear. There’s always¬†that¬†to contend with. But what I’ve come to realize about writing and sending out work is this: who cares? If people don’t like it, it doesn’t really matter. It won’t kill me. My life, my marriage, my children, the relationships I have with my friends won’t fall apart because someone says “no.”

Then this morning, as I was looking for a blog topic, I came across the following quote by Fay Weldon.

“Show your work to no one, not to friend, nor spouse, nor anyone. The publisher or producer, eventually, will say yes or no, which are the only words you need to hear.”

And it’s precisely what I need to hear this morning to click “send.”

Stay tuned.

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