Guess what? You’re right. They won’t. They will play with your child only if they feel like it. They may leave your child on the bench … I mean, bookshelf … to be picked up only after all the other books have been chosen. They’ll ignore your child if they feel like it, drop it from the team of books on their bedside table, and they will most certainly talk about your child behind its back after it’s gone. That’s why it is imperative that you take that next step, that you send your manuscript, your baby, out into the world, to learn how to play with others without you keeping watch, holding its hand, making sure that it doesn’t fall down and skin its knee. You have to trust that it can face a bully and not run away crying, relying on you to protect it. It has to learn how to stand on its own.
At My Two Cents Editing, where I work on manuscript critiques as an associate editor, we get it. We’re writers ourselves. We know how hard it is to turn your child over to the hands of someone else. But having been through the process so many times ourselves, we know how crucial it is to approach the work with a caring but dispassionate eye. Your child is going to have to leave the safe home you have given it, the gentle, understanding audience of friends and family, and face a tougher, less sympathetic public. We love nothing more than helping you make sure that it is ready to take those next steps, so that it can thrive on its own.
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