Hitting Submit

You guys.

I just submitted my first book to a publisher.


I was never planning to submit it to a publisher. I wasn’t going to take the chance of getting rejected. I was just going to go straight to self publishing.

But then, it turns out someone I’ve followed on Twitter forever actually works for a small publisher, and she thought her company might be a good fit. She encouraged me to submit, and I told her I really didn’t want to waste time waiting for a no. She promised to fast track it for me.

I kicked the idea around and decided to go for it.

And then I almost didn’t fill out the paperwork.

And then, well… and then I did.

And nothing has changed from yesterday to now, except that I submitted a manuscript. I followed through.

After I hit send, my heart just about burst out of my chest – and this time it wasn’t fear. It was joy. Pure, unmitigated, holy-shit-I-did-it joy.

No matter what happens next, no matter what they decide, I took the leap.

And it feels fan-freaking-tastic!


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  1. Sheila says:

    OMG! That’s awesome!


  2. You are an inspiration! I wish you all success!

  3. Marsha J says:

    That is very exciting! Best of luck to you.

  4. Megan says:

    And if they don’t buy it, you can always self-publish. God bless the Internet!
    Megan’s most recent post: Fifty-Two, Week 37: What I’m Going To Do

  5. daniel says:

    Good for you! Congratulations!
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  6. Carly says:

    I am so happy to hear that you decided to submit to a publisher, that is AWESOME! Congratulations!

    • Miss Britt says:

      You know, I figured I don’t have anything to lose so it’d be silly not to. Thank you!

  7. Alan Labovitz says:

    That’s great. You haven’t risked anything and, I assume you don’t have to pay anything for publication costs. Whatever, I hope you let everyone know if it does get published.

    • Miss Britt says:

      EXACTLY. And hopefully when we do finally get it out, I’ll be able to meet you face-to-face at a book signing or something. :-)

  8. Nancy says:

    Insert standing ovation here.

    • Miss Britt says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy.

      Also, any of your students looking to practice their mad skills on a new book/author? I hear they might be able to get me in USA Today. ;-)

      • Nancy says:

        Ha! I wish! If anything, she’d want to pitch you for one of your travel writing gigs (she’s with Caesar’s Entertainment). I wish I had media connections in the publishing/literary entertainment world to help you out. If I come across anyone, you know I’ll do what I can.

  9. Emily says:

    Wow! Congratulations!! That’s really wonderful. Good luck!
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  10. Naomi says:

    Bottle that up and hold onto it for the REST of the weekend, next week and the entire month of May. Go YOU!
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  11. Allyson says:

    Hurrah!!!! We’re all so proud of you Britt! I can’t wait for your book to adorn my shelves!

    • Miss Britt says:

      Thank you so much, Allyson. Couldn’t have done it without you all cheering me on every step of the way. Hopefully we have more big steps ahead.

  12. Jb says:

    Excellent news!! Great to hear – and keep us informed, ok? Love the picture too.

  13. Karin says:

    Way to go! I am so excited for you and this next step of your journey. Congratulations on making the huge leap!
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  14. Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear more about your journey. It’s a brave thing, to put yourself out there. Just remember, though, that many writers have to try more than one publisher before they get their first “yes”!
    Jessica Smock’s most recent post: Are We Exploiting Our Toddlers To Make Us Laugh?

  15. Congratulations! You took a big step.

    If they do reject you, don’t sweat it. You can still totally self-publish. I did, and my book is doing really well!
    Elizabeth Barone’s most recent post: Kill Them All: How I Broke Up With My Flashbacks

    • Miss Britt says:

      I have been AMAZED at how well you’ve made self publishing work for you! It is definitely still my plan B.

      • Thank you. I still have a long way to go, but it’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve learned a lot. If you do decide to go that route, I officially volunteer to be your go-to girl for questions. I had a lot of awesome people help me.

        Whatever happens, I wish you the best of luck. You deserve to get your book out there!
        Elizabeth Barone’s most recent post: April 2013 Goals

  16. Shanon says:

    Congrats and best of luck to you, Britt.
    Another exciting journey for you. Happy travels!

  17. becca says:

    I am so happy for you!! You are an amazing, strong woman and you will succeed, I know.

  18. congrats!
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  19. Angella says:

    Woohoo! Way to go, lady.

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  21. el-e-e says:

    Missed this until today but congrats! Very exciting!
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  22. Ken says:

    Congratulations! I can tell from reading you for awhile that it took great courage. Good luck; I know it will be a success!

  23. so happy for you!
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