Dear Miss Snark,
I am in need of some advice. During holiday travels, I met someone on an airplane who happens to be the husband of a senior editor at a decent size publishing house. We began to talk and it came up that I am in the middle of writing a novel. We started to talk about the premise and he said that his wife should hear this. After learning who she is and what she does, I wanted to cry, because the next words out of his mouth went like this, "YOU HAVE TO EMAIL THIS TO HER!"
I explained to him that I am still in the first draft stages of the book. But he pushed the issue and I didn't. So, in order not to let the contact go cold, I emailed her. She was happy to hear from me and explained that her husband had told her about the book. She said that she would be delighted to take a look, send the pitch, synopsis and first few.
I then edited the hell out of the first few and tried to get the synopsis in order and sent it out. I know that I broke the cardinal rule of not showing anyone your first draft, but I thoroughly explained to her that I am still in the first draft, but she wanted to see it anyway..my guess is that she likes the premise that I sent her in the first email.
Now I am nauseated at what I have done and hope I didn't screw up! What do you think.
My publishing history has been limited to a few literary journals with short stories..
Thanks for your help and despite what others say, I enjoy your comments and find them extremely helpful (people say they don't like my comments?? really??)
You did the right thing. When someone asks to see something like that, you work your asterisk off to polish up and send.
Now, you try your hardest to forget about this, and go back to work on the novel. The most important thing now is to finish. If La Aviatrix wants to see it all, you'll be ready. If she doesn't you'll have used the time wisely and can start anew on your search.
It always kills me when people pitch me on ideas I really like and never follow up. I'm never going to track them down and berate them, but I always wonder what the hell happened.