Jane Steen has written a great article that resonates with-in the self publishing community.
Have you ever shrugged off such a remark with the feeling that the person saying it is just being kind? Have you ever suspected that a recent success was simply due to luck? Do you hesitate before releasing every new book, fearing that this is the book that’s going to make your readers turn away from you in disappointment? You, my indie writer friend, may be suffering from a touch of Impostor Syndrome. -Jane Steen
If you are an indie author you likely have been through these steps.
- Spent days researching submission guidelines from the big three and literary agents, saving websites, names, and email addresses
- Spent hours trying to decide which Avon Imprint would best serve your novel
- Spent more days researching submission guidelines for smaller publishing house with direct submissions.
- Another day wondering if you should change elements in your novel to satisfy one or several of the elements required for your chosen publishing channels.
There are so many ways to get rejected and so much that traditional publishing has told us they won’t accept; how could we not be discouraged.
Then, the feedback in your head, called Self Doubt, makes you hesitate. You are anxious that you will get trashed or rejected like every author before you and future authors looking to get published after you.
The beauty of self-publishing is that your are the publisher. It’s your imprint and your guidelines. It’s just you and your novel, take it or leave it. In fact you publish it or you don’t. The first book is always the hardest to write and put out there but it gets easier from there.
We all have to face the criticism at some point. The resilient author pushes through. The passionate author keeps writing and perfecting their craft. Reach readers and gain fans one at a time. Focus on what you accomplish; what you are doing right and let the rest figure itself out.