It’s almost here and I am so excited! As the publishing process for my debut novel is nearing its end, I am feeling a huge mix of emotions. After dreaming about this for 20 years, it’s hard to believe that I am actually doing this and my manuscript will soon be a REAL book! I’m trying to keep myself from screaming as I type this.
Although I am extremely happy and excited, I can’t help but to feel somewhat nervous and just plain scared. I can’t help but to ask myself the terrifying question, “What if they don’t like me?”. Now don’t get me wrong, I do believe in myself and the talent I have been blessed with, but there is always that slight twinge of the fear of failure. In a sense I think it’s healthy to stay grounded and realistic about unfavorable outcomes. I use my fears to push me forward and I make sure I do all that I can to diminish those feelings. But no matter what, that feeling will be there until the moment of truth presents itself. Until then, I will answer the question, “Will they like me?”, with a loud and assured YES! Hey, I may only be convincing myself at this point, but I have to believe it more than anyone else right?