This past week was spring break for my youngest who is away at college. I had fond thoughts of shopping, going to the Panera to eat, and cozy chats.
She had fond thoughts of spending the time with her boyfriend, eating fast food, and cozying up with him.
It's hard to let go, isn't it, of our children as they grow and mature? I had particular problems with letting go of this one because she was my baby (perish the thought, she thinks) and I knew that things were forever changed, even if she didn't.
Our writing is also our baby, and there comes the time when we must let go of our works and put them into the trusting hands of query letters, of the synopsis, and publishers, trusting that our writing will grow and mature as time passes.
Perhaps our publishers don't cozy up to our writing the way we do, but heck! they're not the ones who labored and pored over every word, agonizing about plot, and creating living, breathing characters.
Once you let go of that writing piece, it can thrive in the hands of great editors and publishing houses. But, if you want to kiss the manuscript before you send it, I'll certainly understand, and so will all others who get to that point in their writing careers.
What about you? Has it been easy to let go of your baby, to send it out with a wing and a prayer, hoping it will find a home away from home?
My baby "Guardian," can be purchased through 4RV Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local bookseller.