The Fear of Getting Published

So after spending the weekend recovering from a bad case of a cold mixed with the good ol’ PMDD, I started working on getting back into the flow of regular posting and editing of my third draft. It’s a work in progress getting back on my feet, but we’re getting there.

While I was working through organizing my weekly agenda, I couldn’t help but look at the upcoming dates. There’s a lot of milestones to hit in the next few weeks, and frankly?

I’m terrified.

When I first started my process at the beginning of September, I read a helpful article that really got my gears going; how for some, writing is a hobby, and that’s okay. Others are authors. The biggest difference between the two is the steps taken to get your work out there.

At the time, it was one of the biggest motivators, but now that I’m progressing through to the final stages, it’s pretty easy to see why it’s such a scary thing to do.

One of my biggest fears at the moment is how the novel will be received, if at all. Publishing is a double-edged knife; you get to release your work, get to bring it to fruition, but then it enters a state in which it can be judged. It can and will be reviewed, and it’s to be expected that not everyone is going to love your work. In fact, a lot of people might not. Maybe your writing style isn’t to their taste, or your verbiage isn’t complex enough, or the story you put your heart and soul into just doesn’t seem interesting to them.

All of that is okay, and it isn’t something you can control.

Publishing in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. It isn’t something everyone can do, and those brave enough to do so – Especially via self-publishing – Deserve at the very least applause for achieving such a feat.

I get worried about verbiage a lot – I want to publish Y.A, but I’d also love to delve into Adult Romance one of these days. There are so many goals ahead of me, but the first step is going to be the hardest one. It’s going to be the one that sets the course for the rest of my time as an author.

What I’m starting to realize is, even if I fail here – I’ll have plenty of chances in the future to succeed. So the first one may not be the best. Maybe the second one isn’t either.

But the only true failure is in giving up, and I’m going to continue trying and writing, improving and pushing, until I get to a place I’m happy with. There is no progress in succeeding constantly – Learn to keep pushing, and you’ll get to where you need to go.

Just remember how beautiful your craft is. It is art in it’s own regard, and it will reach those who love it.

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