The publishing process is a stressful one. And despite all our best intentions, I don’t know a single person who is able to play it cool all the time.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, stresses out at some point.
Which is how I very often end up with e-mails like, “OMG I THINK I JUST BLEW IT I E-MAILED AN AGENT AND IT HAD AN EXTRA PERIOD AT THE END OF IT OMG WHAT DO I DO CAN YOU UNSEND E-MAILS PLEASE HELP EMERGENCY EMERGENCY.”
And “I don’t see this covered in your FAQs, but should I spell out the word “Street” when I provide my mailing address or is “St.” okay?”
Deep breaths, people! (Those e-mails are fictional by the way. No authors were harmed in the making of this blog post).
A typo isn’t going to sink your query. Fiddling with tiny, inconsequential changes in your manuscript isn’t going to be the difference whether someone buys it or not if you decide to self-publish.
Success can seem so fleeting in the publishing process that it can feel like you’re about to fall off a cliff at every moment. But it’s not true. You’re fine.
When you find yourself unsure or spinning, ask yourself a very basic question: “Is this really going to be the thing that sinks my query/manuscript?”
Chances are the answer is no.
The little things won’t sink you. It can be tough to distinguish between what’s a big deal and not when you’re stressed, but try and keep your head.
Art: Mater Dolorosa by Titian