Fear is a funny emotion.
We fear the unknown.
We fear physical harm.
And for some, the fear of submissions prevents them from moving their careers forward. Why is that?
In all honesty, a writer must never submit their first drafts no matter how well-written the author believes it to be. A second pair of eyes, whether an editor or a critique partner, should look it over and give some feedback.
Once a writer has gone over their work several times only then should a submission go out to publishers and agents. Remember that your work is your advertisement of your writer's voice. Submitting a first draft will most likely end up being a rejection...in some cases. There are those few who have the gift of stringing words together the first time around.
But your fear shouldn't prevent you from submitting when you are ready. What is the worse that can happen...a rejection. Rejections should fuel you to resubmit elsewhere. Or, if one of the lucky ones to have received a publisher's note with comments, look over your work objectively and perhaps rework it.
At MuseItUp Publishing and MuseItHOT! we always send the author our positive and negative notes to help them better understand why we rejected the manuscript. We also invite them to resubmit if they are willing to further flesh out the manuscript. Regardless, we offer comments that will help the writer submit that particular piece elsewhere if they so choose to.
So fear to submit to us, at least, shouldn't be a factor because we are author friendly. After all, without authors and good editors along with cover artists, a publishing house would not be a publishing house for long.