You’ve edited your book manuscript, had it proofread, incorporated feedback, and now your novel or memoir is ready to self-publish. And yet…you can’t seem to bring yourself to take the next step and start the process. Many writers suffer from self-doubt and second-guess whether they should self-publish their work. And navigating the self-publishing process can be confusing and intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Here’s the best advice from the experts to help you banish self-doubt and self-publish your book now.
Sources Of Self-Doubt — And How To Conquer Your Qualms And Self-Publish
Your inner critic is too harsh.
Before you can banish self-doubt and self-publish your book, you need to have your manuscript polished and finalized. But some writers have an inner critic who’s never satisfied. If you find yourself stuck in an endless cycle of revision, try some of these tips to help you put that red pen down and declare your work ready to publish.
You’re afraid of failure.
You may suffer from imposter syndrome and feel sure your book will be a failure. But instead of convincing yourself that your self-published book sales will be disappointing, stop for a reality check. Ask yourself what “failing” means to you. What are your goals for this book, and are they realistic? If you want to self-publish and sell ten thousand copies in your first week, you will definitely need to scale back a bit. Work your way up to your bigger sales goals in increments. Rather than saying, “I’ll sell ten thousand books in a week, or month, or year,” start with an easier-to-reach-goal: “I’ll sell twenty books in a month.”
Set yourself a series of smaller, attainable goals, and celebrate each win before you move on to a bigger goal. And remember: Whether you sell ten copies or ten million, writing and publishing a book is an impressive feat, and you should be proud of it!
What if some people don’t like your book? What if — eeek! — you get some negative reviews? The truth is, not everyone is going to like your writing. And that’s true for even the most successful authors! Don’t let “what ifs” derail your confidence. You won’t know how your book is really received by readers…