Get In the Game

by Trish

I am reticent about putting my work out there. It sounds foolish to many of you who read this blog (because I don’t seem that way to you probably). But I am a perfectionist. Which doesn’t mean I’m trying to be the best. It means I’m an egotist. I think I know better than the editors and agents sometimes.

We are authors; we fall into these traps quite a bit. Mine was trained into me, which is a whole different story that requires a memoir to relate. I am ready to shed this reticence, however.

So . . . for the next few months, I have a challenge for you authors.

Get in the game.

What can you send out right now?

The only way to actually get published is to submit and I know that many editors and agents beg us to not submit until we are ready, but there are a few of us out there who should have submitted a long time ago, IF ONLY to get feedback on what we should do next.

So . . . will you join me? It’s called the “Anti-Perfectionism Game” and I want as many involved as possible. I want you to commit to sending out at least one pitch (for a book project; we are authors, aren’t we?) in the next six months. I’ll give you until October 15 for the clock to start. And on October 15 until April 15, 2011, we will all pitch a book project (to an editor or agent; either is fine by me).

Interested? If you’re like me, you aren’t at all. That means you should do this.

Leave a comment if you’re going to join the “Anti-Perfectionism Game” with me. I’m totally in. And I would hate to play the game all by myself.

Oh and happy Friday.


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Suzanne Deffree September 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

I’m in, Trish! I, also a perfectionist, miss opportunities as I tinker and tune, instead of trusting my work and jumping in. I look forward to this challenge, both professionally and emotionally, as an aspiring author. Thanks for the push! Hope you’ll keep us updated on your own progress.

Trish September 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

Suzanne, wonderful! So glad you’re joining me so I’m not doing it alone. Hope others joins us as well.

YES! I will be updating as I move forward. I have several things that I’d like to accomplish this weekend for this game.

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