Quote Originally Posted by Patty View Post
IMO simply submitting a completed manuscript is a huge win to anyone that took the plunge. At least that's how I feel, because it is saying 'I believe,' and all those other good things, about our work. For that matter, IMO simply finishing a story, pulling it out of ourselves and getting it onto paper, is a huge win even if it's never submitted anywhere. Sometimes I think about the act of writing a novel length story, and I am amazed.
Totally agree. It was my first submission (although my 6th novel) and I learned so much about the mechanics just by going through the process. That will make it easier for me to take the Rejection when it comes, and to take that step again when the opportunity arises. It's another step on the path.