So, this is super good news, but I'm not exactly sure how to approach it. I have a good publisher who wants me to send him what I have of my novel in progress. He's interested in publishing it. Yay! But it's not finished and it's probably pretty rough. I told him that, but he wants to see what I've got so far. This is a reputable publisher that's been around for years. It's not one of the major ones, but this place is for sure the real deal. He's expecting me to email him soon. Can this backfire on me? I should mention that this relationship is a result of my connections (though few) in the literary world. I have no fears other than my novel might not be as good as he expects since it's not done and is very much a first draft. My first drafts aren't so rough as others since I do a lot of editing as I go and write my best from the start. I gave him the rundown of the story and told him I wasn't even sure how the story would end at this point. He said he still wants to see it and work with me. He has read several things I have written. Sort of a fan and seems like he's willing to mentor and guide me a little. This is a publisher that will give me an advance and has a long history of publishing many books. I don't want to blow it. I'm worried my novel is not going to be as good as he thinks. He still wants to see it. So, do I just email him what I've got? I'm not really sure how much time I can have before sending him something. I want to strike while the iron is hot. I'm excited and nervous. And this comes a bit unexpected. It's really nice to have someone believe in my writing and want to be the first to publish a book by me. But I don't want him to think it sucks. I want this to work out. And I do feel comfortable working with this publisher without an agent. What do I do to make sure I don't suck? Should I send him everything I have so far like he asked? I'm still in shock and on top of the world that this is even happening. I would love to hear from some of you about what you would do in this position or if any of you have been through something similar. Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer insight as to how I make sure this works out.