Something I’ve learned recently is that a lot of new authors lack self-confidence! Oh my goodness! Dear fellow aspiring authors: have you written a book? Have you written part of a book? Have you printed it out and held it in your hands? Do you realize that not all people can ever do that? I can’t remember all the people who’ve come up to me and said, “I wish I could write books!” or “I never could write stories.” Now, being a modest person, I smile, and tell them that I’m sure they could do it. But it is becoming clear to me that not everyone can write. we all have our talents. Some people can cook fabulous meals, some people can sew gorgeous quilts, some people know how to dance, some people are artists, some people can knit mittens and socks, some people race motorcycles, some people can ride horses, and some people are great making people happy. Whatever your talent is, you should be proud of it. And for those of us whose talent is to write, hold your heads up high! Don’t worry! If you wrote (or are writing) a book, that is awesome! Being an author means that if you’ll donate the time to your manuscript, you’ll end up with a beautiful novel. It doesn’t mater if you’re making a picture book, a child’s bedtime story, a book for teens, a YA book about vampires, a romance, or a tear-jerker: it is your talent flowing through your fingers into blank pieces of paper to create something that never existed before. You are amazing!
Of course, there are critics out there. There are beta readers, editors, and customers who may not like your book at all. And I know bad reviews can really hurt a writer and make them question themselves, but one really great review can out-weigh all the bad ones. Trust me. It doesn’t mater what other people say. Take a look at your book. Did you put your heart into it? Did you love and hate the characters? Cry for a death? Laugh at a joke? Doesn’t that wonderful, unique, and beautiful book deserve your praise? Don’t you yourself, as the author, owe it to yourself to be proud? Sure, your book may never be accepted by an agent/editor/publisher, but in that case, you still have options. You can self-publish your book! And today, many people prefer self-publishing over traditionally publishing for various reasons. But either way, if your book is accepted or if you publish it yourself, it is still a book. You are still the author. Be happy with that knowledge, dear writers! You are great! You are doing what some people only dream of doing! You took a leap of faith and actually wrote a book! Some people will spend their whole lives wishing they had the courage to do that! So to all of you: congratulations! You did it! 🙂