by R.S. Mellette
Along the lines of Cat Woods's post on writer's superstitions, I'd like to hear the opinions of all the authors out there...
... do you tell, or keep quiet?
I'm talking about when you have sort-of news. Like, you get an e-mail from an agent who wants to know if you're open to making some changes to your manuscript.
... do you tell anyone?
Would that jinx it? You don't have the agent yet, so there really isn't anything new, but it's a better rejection than the last 57 non-responses you've got on Query Tracker.
And as you get more success, it gets harder.
Your agent is submitting to such-and-such a publisher. Do you tell your friends and family? You know you should be cool—like the football players who score a touchdown and DON'T spike the ball. "Act like you've been there before."
But you haven't!
Okay, so you won't say anything unless someone asks ... but there's always that jinx factor.
So, fellow artists. What do you think? When you've got sort-of news about your work ... do you tell? Who do you tell? Is there a jinx?