I went to a conference a couple of weeks ago, and met two editors who requested my full manuscript. Initially, I thought this was good news, but now I am not so sure. Firstly, I worry they only asked to be polite. Both seemed kind souls, and the conference was oriented to newbies, so they may have been trying to be encouraging. Secondly, as I reread my manuscript before sending it out, it seems to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. So, my question is, if I chuck this novel under the bed, will the editors remember that I stood them up the next time I query them? I've been trying to improve my manuscript since the conference, but I'm just so nervous about the whole thing, I've had a two week stomachache. What to do?
One of the best ways to learn is to DO.
Part of being published is sucking up the nerve to actually send stuff to people.
Even when they ask for it, those suspicious souls.
Most great writers I know are never satisfied with their work.
It maybe true that your work is not ready for publication but actually getting yourself together enough to send it is an important step.
And agents hardly ever do thing like ask for novels just to be nice. And yes, we will remember every last person who fails to send us manuscripts and we will hunt you down and deliver form rejection letters not just for the novel you didn't send but the next, and the next and the next.
Face it, sending it now is really the only safe thing to do.