Don’t Fear Publication

Many writers talk about being published all the time, but the reasons they don’t get published are manifold. Fear is one of the biggest stumbling block on the road to publication. Fear of joining a critique group, fear of editors, fear of revision, fear of having to market your book… the list goes on.

But fear is largely a waste of time. And here are four reasons (among many others) why publication is not a thing to be feared, and why it is worth it to push through the fear.

1. Whether you publish traditionally or self-publish, aspiring writers will admire you for your dedication.

2. There are readers whose lives will be made brighter by your book.

3. The worst that could happen is your work gets rejected, but if you persevere, every “no” is one step closer to “yes.”

4. Every published author you admire has had the same fears as you. Their works have survived and they’ve faced their fears.

You can do it!

12 thoughts on “Don’t Fear Publication

  1. I agree. It’s like going on stage. You can get nervous ahead of time, but if you don’t go out there, if you stay in the wings, you won’t get all the great experiences that don’t come any other way.

    In terms of “risks,” I always go back to the Andy Warhol quote I posted here: (it’s #2, but all three are good). There are risks and risks, after all.


  2. Good thoughts, maggie.

    Although the chance of stubbing your toe increases the more you walk, it is always better than going nowhere by standing still. ~ Robin Sharma, in The Top 200 Secrets of Success and the Pillars of Self-Mastery

    Face your fears. Rise above your limitations.

    The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. – Moliere

    Freedom lies in being bold. Do one thing every day that scares you.

    You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


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