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Don’t just write the book – get it published too

April 24, 2013

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So you’ve written your first book. It’s been proofed and edited. You love what you have before you – a finished book, a great story that’s even more than you had hoped for.

The words flow. After all, you sat down and wrote the first draft fast and from the heart.

It’s been a few weeks now since you’ve made the final sweep through the book and made all the needed revisions.

Now what?

Are you sitting on the book, afraid to have it published? If so, why? Surely, you plan on getting that manuscript off to literary agents. Or, if you planned to go the ebook route or Print on Demand, you must be ready to get that book into cyberspace or print.

So what’s stopping you?

Interesting enough, many writers give birth to a book, only to find themselves frightened to send their baby into the world. The hardest part is behind them, but now they’re scared what others might think of their finished project.

Hey. You wrote a book. It’s the time many writers dream about. Not too many people you know have done that, I’ll bet. So why the hesitation, the fear that what you wrote won’t be good enough?

If you’re an author who’s finished your first book, someone who’s spent all that time writing and re-writing and getting it into shape, don’t you think what you have in your hands is a pretty good story? Do you really think everyone is going to hate or laugh at what you wrote?

Get your book out there and move on to the next one. If you always wanted to be a writer, sharing your words with others is part of what it’s all about.

Chances are you have a pretty good book on your hands. Don’t you think?

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6 Comments
  1. Love this post because I know a few authors like this. Then they look at me as if I’m a rock star because I went and self-published. It’s so easy that I don’t see why they don’t do it.

    • We all fear rejection. There’s also a lot of writers who think they have to spend 10 years writing and re-writing a book before it’s ready. Ah … interesting creatures, we writers. Then again, we are not so different from everyone else – just looking for our little piece of nirvana.

      • True. I think the 10 years writing and re-writing stems from the times of only having brick-and-mortar publishing to work with. Self-publishing is fairly new, so many people on the traditional route aren’t sure how to go about it.

  2. Olivia Stocum permalink

    Sometimes the people closest to you can hold you back… Sorry, but it happens. My writing buddy and I were just talking about that. When we tell our friends we wrote a book, and they blink at us a couple times, then begin talking about the weather. It hurts, and it can be hard to believe anyone will want to read your book after that. It takes a lot of backbone to put your ‘baby’ out there for public consumption.

  3. I’ve had the same experience. On the other hand, there are people who think it’s really cool that you wrote a book or books.

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