Wednesday, December 5, 2012

IWSG: Yes, I'm Very Insecure



Okay.

Here's the dealio.

I'm going to be published sometime in February.

At least that's the plan.

Yet, unlike those of you awesomely amazing people who have landed agents and publishers, I decided that I want to go indie.

Which is cool, because it moves along quite nicely, and I've got tons of input on the final product.

I love my story. If I didn't, I wouldn't have written it.

Yet as a writer in the process of being published, I also long for public approval. I mean, I know everyone isn't going to like my story, and that's alright. I just hope that the number of people who do like it outweigh the people that don't.

What makes me more insecure is the simple fact that I haven't been accepted by a publisher. No one (except for you super nice peeps :) ever said my writing was any good. No editor looked at it and said, "Oh, I like this and I think other people will like it."

The scariest part of going alone is that… well… I'm pretty much alone.

Anyway, I should be getting the first draft of my cover either today, tomorrow or Friday. I'm so nervous about it, and I really hope it's absolutely amazing. But it's been so excruciatingly painful waiting for it!

I even dreamed about it last night. I remember it looked really cool though, so hopefully it was one of those prophetic dreams. I'll be sure to tell you when I get it :)

What are you guys insecure about?

Don't forget to stop by Alex Cavanaugh's site to check out other insecure writers!

Have a nice day!

--Jess

9 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm excited for you, Jess. I understand the nervousness, though. I'm nervous about putting my books out there, too.

J M Filipowicz said...

You're braver than me. It's terrifying to put your work out there without some godlike expert giving the divine OK. I wish you lots of luck.

Anita said...

I think I'm more realistic than insecure. Regarding writing, I know the numbers are against me and I have ideas about things that hold me back...we've all got something to work through. Anyway, best of luck with your project!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Don't worry about not having a publisher. Authors like Amanda Hocking went indie and look where she is now. Don't doubt yourself and know bloggers like myself are proud you have the guts at sixteen to publish a book.

Cherie Reich said...

It's nerve-wracking to self-publish something ... to go it alone. But having the validation of a publisher doesn't really mean much in the end. You believe in your book. That's the main thing. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You won't be alone! You'll have a ton of people here who can help and cheer you on through every step.

Candilynn Fite said...

Writing / publishing can be scary and lonely, but like Alex said, you have lots of people who can help! Be sure to reach out when you need to. Happy IWSG post day. :) Congrats on your decision!!

Rena said...

I'm excited for you. I'm a chicken over here. I'd rather slog through rejection than go it alone.

Jeff Hargett said...

Too true, hoping that the majority of those who read our stuff will like it--or at least not hate it. Categorize it properly so people will get what they expect and you should be fine. Rootin' for ya!

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