Fear the writing isn't good enough
My pep talk: the story is sound, and you've followed your agent's sage advice. The words in your manuscript are not carved in stone.
Fear of making a bad first impression on editors
My pep talk: you're submitting your best work. The rest is out of your control.
Fear of rejection
My pep talk: you're a writer, get over it. Harsh, but true. We all experience rejection, even pros like Jane Yolen. If you haven't read it yet, here's a great post about famous author rejections.
Fear I've overlooked mistakes
My pep talk: you've worked hard to catch each mistake. You've read published books with errors, even though they're written by famous authors and edited by pros at the big houses. It proves writers and editors are human, not robots.
Fear of failure
My pep talk: the only sure way you'll fail is if you don't try. Here's a great post about failing your way to success.
Fear of ridicule from friends, family, and peers
My pep talk: your friends, family, and fellow writers are not monsters. They are supportive, encouraging people. They'll have your back during the good and bad times ahead.
Do you experience these same fears, or are there any you'd like to add to the list? Do they prevent you from clicking Send or mailing your manuscript? And what pep talk works for you?