Last night was sort of a weird night for me. Mostly, I was feeling some publishing-related angst, but it was magnified by everything else going on in my life and basically I ended up drinking tea and eating chocolate and feeling glum and mopey, which really isn’t my gig at all (cheerful optimist that I am). But I figured, as I usually do in such situations, that things would look better in the morning.
And in the morning, things were indeed better. Things were a lot better, because I found out that I’d been picked as a runner-up in an agent contest I’d entered on a whim a couple of weeks ago. I maaaaaay have done some squealing and a bit of a happy dance. So that was awesome. And on a related note, I got an honorable mention in another contest last week, which also made my day. In both cases, I honestly hadn’t expected anything to come of it, so I was really surprised and really pleased to see my name show up on those lists.
All of that has made me think that it’s high time to get my butt in gear sending things out, whether that means queries or short story submissions or contests or whatever. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in editing endlessly, convinced there’s always something to improve. And there IS always something to improve, but there’s also a point where you just have to put down the pen and put yourself out there.
Now, if I can just bring myself to push the “send” button…
(EDIT: Also, remember that drawing to win an ARC from BEA is only open until 11:59 PM PST tomorrow, July 16th 2012. In order to enter yourself in the drawing, just leave a comment telling me which books you’d like to win.)