Many people have an idea for a book but very few actually write one. Why?
Finding The Courage To Publish Your First Book Can be extremely hard. We often hear people say: “That would make a great book! I should write a book.” Sadly that is the beginning and end of the book idea for most people. You have to have the passion, the drive, and the commitment and be willing to dedicate hours and hours of your time to write your story. You want others to hear what you have to say. It’s important to you, that you are heard. It’s a long grueling process that most aren’t willing to take unless you have that PASSION. Most often your first book will take years of dedication. Mine took seven years once I began putting pen to paper. Before then it waddled around in my head for fourteen years.
Letting go is hard
During those years, your book becomes your baby. You know everything about it. It’s your creation. You gave it life and you are watching it grow as you feed it. Like a child you have raised, you don’t want to let it go. It’s been just you and your book. You’ve protected it from the outside world. No outside influences, no possible negative feedbacks. No one has seen it but you. But now the book is finished. There is no more to write. You read and re-read. You edited, over and over again. You have given it all you have to give. It is your best work and you are proud of what you have accomplished.
But now the book is finished. There is no more to write. You should be feeling proud! You actually started and finished writing a book! Now it’s time to let it go and watch it blossom into the world. You realize this is harder than writing the book. Suddenly you start asking yourself a bunch of “What if?” questions. You start doubting your work.
- What if I could have done better?
- What if it gets bad reviews?
- What if I picked the wrong names for my characters?
- What if I had ended it differently?
- What if I fail or succeed as a writer? How will I handle the pressure of failure or success?
You realize that once you let go. You are opening up, not just your book to be judged, criticized and actually read by others, but yourself as a writer also. Will you be able to handle it?
These are all emotions and fears that we experience when publishing our first book. Emotions I am dealing with right now as I anticipate the debut of my first novel “Reckless Beginnings.”
Why do we put ourselves through this and find the courage to publish our book?
Our passion is what gets us through this. We have this deep passion for writing and telling a story. It guides us through the journey from beginning to end. It is this passion that we gain courage and strength to see our book in print for the world to see.
From this passion, we are able to overcome any obstacle or handle any negativity. We learn to stand tall, own our passion and stand up to our fears. We are able to let it go and realize our work is not for everyone. We have accomplished what we set out to do. We told a story, one that was important to us to tell and we had that passion for sharing.
Through the turmoil’s and emotional roller coasters of printing your first book, the end result is priceless. You get to see and hold the book you created in your hands, with an actual cover and your name as the author. Now ask yourself. Was it worth it? I think I know the answer.
Feel free to share your experiences on printing your first book. I would love to hear them.