September 10, 2012 7:34 PM Subscribe
Like many people, I have A Novel... I have been working on it for a while and now have the opportunity to submit it to a friend of a friend who expressed interest. How am I supposed to act? What do people expect from novel-submitter-people?
Yikes! All of a sudden, my words seem to have run dry. What do I write in the email? "Constructive criticism appreciated?" I'm afraid my novel is going to look horrific in the light of day.
I don't even tell people this novel exists because it's so embarrassing. But I have to take this opportunity, or I'll regret it.
Do I say I'm looking for feedback? (I am). Or it is presumptuous to give someone your manuscript, presumably to be looked at for publication, and ask for feedback?
Do I ask outright whether it would be suitable for submission?
I have a friend who will be forwarding the email for me, but she is so busy I want to make sure I get it right and don't bother her with too many details.
BONUS QUESTION: How would I go about cultivating a circle of writer friends (or online friends for peer editing)? Even if this round doesn't work out, I'd like to keep writing.