The other day, I found out from a friend at church that we both knew an author that has successfully published 12 book. He's a great guy, and writing never came up as a conversation at church, so I had no clue. Though I felt monumentally stupid for not knowing, she suggested that I ask him for help.
I totally blew the phone call. It sounded something like, "Hi, I'm the accompanist from church and I wrote a novel and I have no clue what I'm doing and you rock socanyoureadmystuffformeplease!" Once he recovered from the verbal assault, he asked me to email him the first chapter.
I received an email last night. He wants to meet for coffee and discuss the chapter. On the upside, the first chapter needs the most polishing before I submit it. On the downside, I have no idea whether "discussing" will involved kudos or dope slaps.
My husband's right. (Don't tell him I said that.) It doesn't hurt me either way. If he didn't like it, I'm certain he'll have constructive criticism because he's that kind of guy. If he liked it, yay!
By the way, I'm in Phase 1.