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The other day a colleague congratulated me about my upcoming book. I blushed and confessed I was terrified. He frowned and asked me why.
Good question. Why?
I'm terrified of stepping out of my comfort zone. I'm terrified of what people will think of me. I'm terrified that my book will languish, ignored and unloved. And, lastly, I'm terrified because I'm alone in this. Traditionally published authors have a whole team to cover their back: the agent, the editor, the publisher, the publicist. Us indies... yes, we stick together and support one another, which is awesome. I've made so many friends already and I'm so grateful for all of your support. But let's face it: once I'll put the book out, it'll be me and my book that will be judged, not my friends.
So why am I still publishing it?
One reason: I believe in my story.
If you don't fall in love with your story and characters, how are you going to make readers fall in love with them? You might try and write something trendy, but great stories aren't made with the head only. Great stories are made from the heart. And believe me, readers can tell stories that are made from the heart from the others.
Be true to your story, be true to your characters. That was the priority for me. Still is. I had agents, I had editors interested. Some wanted X, others wanted Y. Most were scared off by the science. Sometimes you have to believe in yourself even when nobody else is willing to. Yes, self-publishing is scary. And yes, it requires a lot of work. But it also gives you the freedom to make your own choices, to fulfill your own story.
Maybe my book will never soar. But I'm publishing my book so I can finally claim that Track Presius -- and most importantly his quirks and uniqueness -- is mine. Whatever happens, I remained true to my story, and that feels good.
What about you? What's the fuel that makes you overcome your fears?
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CHIMERAS is the first in a detective thriller series featuring LAPD Detective Track Presius. The Kindle edition will be released on Amazon on April 9, and the paperback edition will be available starting from April 15.
Click to download sample chapters (ePub, Kindle and PDF available).
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