>Case of the Jitters

>I’ve finished the revisions on my novella and am ready to give it one more once-over and then resubmit.

I’m nervous.

Not to say that I wasn’t nervous on the original submission. I was. But sending out a cold submission, I was prepared for rejection. I wouldn’t have been happy about it, but I know good and well rejections are the rule, not the exception.

A tentative acceptance makes things more difficult. If I mess up the revisions, then I could easily lose out on the acceptance. And that would be more painful because I came so close.

I’m usually pretty good about having confidence in my abilities. I know I can write a good story. I know where my strengths and weaknesses are. I know I’m a good substantive editor and can pick apart holes in a story with the best of them.

But this whole process is new to me, as I’ve said before. I’ve never published original fiction before (other than drabbles). I’ve done a lot of things in the past year I’ve never done before, writing-wise: writing m/m, writing alternate universe fanfic scenarios, writing long stories. And now, writing original fiction for publication. It’s a lot to cram into a fairly short period of time.

At any rate, I’ll be resubmitting my story today, come hell or high water. Wish me luck.

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