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Book Kindergarten

There are few things as exhilarating as sending out a manuscript for the first time.

Getting published is fun. You get to set your book free into the world. But by that point, it’s been through a dozen hands, review copies have already gone out, and you’re up to your eyeballs in guest blogs. It’s exciting, but it’s like sending your carefully prepped child to college.

Sending the manuscript out for the first time is like sending a kid to kindergarten. It’s just a baby, still untainted by the harsh world. Wide eyed and filled with a hope for greatness.

That’s where I’m at this week. I’m sending my manuscript to the kindergarten that is my agent’s inbox.

I’m super excited. It’s my first adult fantasy project. It’s most definitely the longest project I’ve worked on. And it has one of the best characters I think I’ve ever written.

Does all this mean my agent will think it’s brilliant and start submissions right away? Nope. I’m sure he’ll want a bunch of things done to it. It’ll have to be edited and polished beyond the work I’ve already done. But that’s what kindergarten is for. Preparation for the harsh world of submissions.

So cross your fingers for my new book baby as it takes these first steps beyond my protective grasp. I’m very fond of this one. Who knows? Maybe it’ll end up going to Med School.

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