What if we thought of sending our work to an editor or agent as an offer?
An offer that can be accepted or declined.
Rather than a submission that can result in an offer or be rejected?
Even the language of submission has a power differential attached to it that implies we creators have very little agency in the matter.
But if we think of it like Lesléa does, as an offer, then we keep our power. An offer can be declined, an offer can be accepted, but it is our offer of a work we've written, or translated, or illustrated.
(Frankly, this is a much healthier framework for many of the creative arts. Offering our work rather than submitting it.)
I heard Lesléa speak about this in an excellent Highlights Foundation course taught by Lesléa Newman and Rob Sanders, "Writing the Rainbow", all about LGBTQ picture books. Learn more about Lesléa at her website here.
Illustrate, Translate, and Write On,