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Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Author Insight: Publishing Phobia

What scares you the most about writing/publishing?

"Honestly, it’s that A Touch Mortal will do well and Book 2 won’t live up.  I know it’s only because I’m writing Book 2 now…we tend to forget how hard each first draft is.  But the reality is this. The only difference between a person without a book deal and a person with a book deal is a piece of paper. And those fears that it’s not good enough never really go away." - Leah Clifford, author of A Touch Mortal.

"I don't want to disappoint my readers!" - Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds.

"Disappointing sales.  I might not have a bestseller, but I hope to earn back enough that my publisher is glad they took on my books (and is willing to take on more!)" - Jen Nadol, author of The Mark.


"Obscurity." - Jon Skovron, author of Struts & Frets.

"Reviews, hands down. And, yes, for all the reasons one would assume" - Wendy Delsol, author of Stork. 

"That people won't respond to my characters or the story. I know that you can't please everyone but you hope that people will take something away from your story and want to dive into your imaginary world again and again." - Rebecca Maizel, author of Infinite Days.

"Everything? Well, maybe not  everything . A lot of it’s actually very exciting. I think the scariest part is having a deadline. " - Kelly Creagh, author of Nevermore.


"The fact that people will actually be reading my book.  I mean, that's the point, I know, but its terrifying to realize that my book will be ON SHELVES.  Like, available to the public.  Its great, but its like my baby going out into the world and not being all mine anymore." - Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF.

"As a fairly shy person in real life, the spotlight scares me.  Seeing my name in print – on a sign in a store – on a blog – is wonderful and terrifying all at the same time. Being published may be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but I still feel stage fright every time the spotlight turns its penetrating beam on me." - Dianne Salerni, author of We Hear the Dead.

"I get scared of not living up to expectations. Mine, my publishers, my readers'." - Ally Condie, author of Matched.

"I guess that’s it, right there: writing/publishing. I’m scared by the idea that writing-and-publishing is one thing, not two. We as writers would do ourselves a huge favor to think of them as two separate aspects of our lives. The writing part belongs to us alone and can bring us joy and comfort every day, even if the publishing part isn’t going as well." - Phoebe Kitanidis, author of Whisper.


"Just the idea of being Out There. I'm actually an extremely private individual at heart, and the idea of being open to public scrutiny terrifies me." - Lia Habel, author of Dearly, Departed.


 "Disappointing my readers." - Kami Garcia, co-author of Beautiful Creatures.

"This may just be the spot I’m in now, but the thing that scares me the most is having others read my published writing the wrong way, or not how I intended. I see my characters as real people and I care about them and their situations, but those things may not always come across. Once a book is published, it’s out in the world and you can’t take it back or change it. It can be difficult to be sure that what you’re putting out there is exactly what you want to put out there, and that, for me at least, is scary." - Denise Jaden, author of Losing Faith.

"The uncertainty of the future. Nobody knows exactly how the digital revolution will play out. Predictions on how this will affect writers range from very rosy to very bleak. I just want to be able to go on writing stories, finding an audience, and hopefully sustaining an income."- Jennifer Hubbard, author of The Secret Year.


Find out Tuesday if a character has ever talked one of the authors out of doing something!
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1 comment:

  1. Marketing oneself sucks. That's the worst.

    Second is re-reading your final proof and wanting to change it all over the place. I'll settle for fixing typos.