Currently reading - Surprisingly nothing. I've been busy doing final checks on requested material and finishing a project for submission.
You've written your opus, your crit partners have ripped it to shreds, and you've re-written and tweaked until the blisters on your fingers burst.
Now comes the first second major hurdle (just finishing a story was the first) -- sending out your baby into the cold, cruel world.
This is the point where another huge chunk of writer wannabes falter and die. Why send out the story when it might be rejected? Or even worse *gasp* ACCEPTED! Then everyone will see it and know what a pathetic and horrible writer you are!
Submissions are part of the game of publishing. If you're having a major problem dropping that envelope in the mail or hitting the SEND button, then you need to do some soul searching. Either you want to be published or you don't. It's that simple. If you do, it means sending out submissions.
Even if you take one of the multitude of new routes to publication, it still means you have to put your work out in the world.
To paraphrase the marketing guys at Nike, if you want to be published, just send it.
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