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“What Are You Afraid of? Submit That Manuscript! Pub Sub.” by Joan Y. Edwards
Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Your fears are strong emotions. If you can show the actual facts or accept that it is true. Or delve into the middle of it to find out if all the hype is true or not. Dispel the myths, the rumors, the big build-ups, the legends, the tales.
#1 Fear of Rejection
You fear rejection because of two things: what you believe it means that you are not a good writer. That you do not have writing talent.
Matthew Cook Realize it is not a rejection of you, but take accountability for it. It’s the story ideas or product they are rejecting, not you. Accept that “no” happens and move on.
Suzannah Windsor Freeman suggests that you research why submissions get rejected and revise your work accordingly.
I believe the best thing to do after rejection is to take the next action step toward your goal. Submit your manuscript again.
#2 Fear of Never Getting Published
Fear of Rejection because it means that you’ll never get Published. Keep the belief: “I am a paid published writer” running through your mind, on your monitor, on your bathroom mirror.
#3 Fear of Criticism
You are afraid of criticism because it stops you from working on that story again. It stops you in your tracks. When people criticize your work, you tend to think that the whole thing is bad, because part of it is bad.
Only change using the suggestions you believe 100%. Delete the other ideas.
Accept that this is just one person’s opinion. This is not a fact. Each person has a right to their opinion. If you do not understand their criticism, ask them to clarify their point of view. Ask them to tell you why. Ask them how they would change it.
When you ask a person to critique your work. Ask them to tell you 3 good points about your story.
#4 Fear of Failure to Sell
I am afraid my writing won’t sell itself and/or I won’t be able to sell my manuscripts.
I do not have the sales ability to sell my manuscripts. Andrea Phillips says you suffer from a fear of not making money with your writing.
Read 100 of the best-selling books in your genre. Then you’ll know what sells.
Read the pitch summaries from the back of these best-selling book, too.
Choose three of them to use as a pattern to write your pitch summary for you book.
Memorize your short selling pitch that fits on a 3×5 inch card. Practice using it to explain what you write to your friends when they ask, “What do you write?”
Be sure to tell the genre and the number of words in your manuscript in your pitch.
Interview the top-selling car salesman for your favorite car dealership. Ask him to demonstrate and tell you how he sells a car. Use his tactics to help you sell your manuscript.
#5 Fear of Not Having the Time to Write
Perhaps you’re a writer whose afraid you won’t have enough time to write. Many people talk themselves into that becoming the truth. Do you know that the more you say something, the more your brain wants you to be right. It goes around searching for experiences to prove you right. So when you say, “I don’t have time to write,” bingo, it becomes true. You have to make time for you to write.
1. While your children are reading, playing with blocks, a fun activity for them, sit in their midst, and write. Use a pen and paper, electronic tablet or have everyone play in the office where your computer is. Plan your time to write.
2. If your book needs a lot of research and you’re afraid you won’t have time to do the research that is necessary. Do a Google Search, read the first paragraph or two of a link. If it’s pertinent to your story, copy the link down in a word document or in an email to yourself. Write one sentence that helps in your research from this article. Do 3 each day. Voila. It will add up.
3. Get up earlier in the morning than you usually do and write for 15 minutes.
#6 Fear of Being Too Young or Too Old to Write, or Having
Nothing to Write about That People Will Want to Read
Hogwash. No one is too young or too old to write. Write about a topic that is extremely interesting and intriguing to you. Chances are it will be fascinating to others, too. Writers usually write about conflicts with universal appeal. If it gets you fired up, it’ll probably get other people’s emotions riled up, too. Don’t set limits on your capabilities. Write what comes from your heart.
Sarah Jio suggest that you write about what scares you. An awesome idea.
Keep your eye on the prize – focus your attention (your thoughts, words, and actions) on what you want! Submit That Manuscript – Pub Sub.
For ideas to help you get your manuscript and necessary queries, cover letters, proposals, etc. read the Pub Subber Pages at the top of my blog:
Good luck in your publication. Believe in you and your writing.
Resources I know you will enjoy reading:
- Agent X. “Seven Deadly Fears of Writing:” http://menwithpens.ca/7-deadly-fears-of-writing/
- Janna Malamud Smith. “Three Quiet Fears That Stop Writers from Writing:” http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/3-quiet-fears-that-stop-writers-from-writing
- Matthew Cook. “3 Keys for Dealing with Rejection in Sales:” http://web2.salesforcesearch.com/bid/149770/3-Keys-for-Dealing-with-Rejection-in-Sales
- Sarah Jio. “Writing and Fear:” http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/writing-and-fear/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
. “15 Common Writing Fears You Need to Face:”
Please leave a comment. Tell me one of your biggest writing fears and how you overcome it!
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Joan Y. Edwards
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