Yes, it might feel like this when you press Send to submit your work. Whether you are sending your query to a friend to critique, a full manuscript to an agent for consideration, or your revisions to an editor for publication...you are putting yourself at risk. You have swam past the breaking waves and now you are swimming with the sharks! You're heart is racing, you start to panic, your legs are tired, the soundtrack from Jaws is playing in your head...you're thinking about giving up. Drowning would be better than being eaten alive, right?!
Okay, I might be acting a little dramatic here. Or not. Seriously, this writing thing is hard work. And not for the faint of heart. We have to be BRAVE! We have to be FEARLESS. Or at least work really hard at denying our fears. We have to be CRAZY to swim out there in shark infested waters!
But we do it. And we will keep doing it. And it will all be worth it! Who are you in the process of submitting your work to?