Each of these two approaches warns of potential pitfalls to you.

  1. Tells me that you’ll need to be wary of any unsolicited advice you might receive during the submissions process. For example, you may come across a post online telling you your particular genre or format or idea doesn’t sell well anymore and before you know it you could find yourself deciding that actually, this unknown person is right and thus your submissions lose momentum.
  2. Tells me that you’re eager to get going with this and must make sure you don’t make errors in haste such as an ill considered response to a rejection (the publishing world can be small; you may one day wish to submit a different manuscript to the same person or otherwise end up rubbing shoulders) or a too-quick response to an offer of representation or publishing.


However you answered, now is the time to expand your belief in yourself and your manuscript.