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by Tim Burdick on 30 November, 2016

is terrible. Real or imaginary, it doesn’t matter. It makes us hide under the covers at night. It stops us from leaving our apartment. A monster will grab us. Something bad will definitely happen. For new writers, they have lots of monster fears. Working with new editors is one of them. Will they be gentle with their criticism? Will they be harsh? Will they get it?

The only way to find out is to submit your work.

In the past, I worked with a friend on polishing my last book and a query. I’ve learned a lot about writing. Her constructive comments always helped my story. After reading them, I’d never wanted to burn my manuscript or give up being a writer.

Now, I have a potential picture book idea and my friend wants me to work with an editor who has more experience in this area.

Am I scared? Yes, definitely. Will I send her my story? Yes, of course, because I have faith in my friend. I am nervous but interested to see how this editor will help me to improve my new project.

So, my advice: Take chance. Share your work. Get feedback. Don’t be held back by fear. Who knows? You might be at the beginning of a great story.

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