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The Doubt Monster Strikes

It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career, the doubt monster will strike.

You read books by your favorite authors and decide your writing will never measure up.

While you’re in queryland, a friend lands an agent and you start questioning if that will ever be you.

While your book is out on submission, someone you know dances around and screams that she’s signed a 3-book deal with a major publisher, and you wonder if you’ll even get a one-book deal with anyone. Period.

You self publish your book and look longing at the list of NYT and USA Today bestsellers, many who are self published in your genre (NA contemporary romance authors, I’m looking at you).
Heck, you do this if your book is traditionally published, too.

You start freaking out as doubts slither in as to whether or not you’ll meet your publisher’s deadline.

As you approach your book’s launch date, you go through emotional outbursts similar to those experienced during pregnancy.

You book does better than expected, but now you worry that you’ll be a one-hit wonder and your publisher and agent will dump you after the sequel turns out to be lame.

No matter where you are on your publishing career path, the doubt monster will strike. Don’t be afraid of him. Embrace him. Let him help you push your writing to a new level.

And while you’re at it, sign up for the monthly support group hosted by Alex Cavanaugh. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month (I’ll be joining it in the fall).

And in the meantime . . .

©Stina Lindenblatt

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