Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On the Eve of Publishing

By JccKeith

On the eve of publishing my very first ever book I find myself in a very familiar situation.  The feelings of doubt, the feelings of wanting to give up because I’m just not good enough to pull this off, the feelings that I won’t succeed, my work won’t be good enough – they all linger in my mind and hold tightly to my heart.  Like a strangling grip around me, they act in a coordinated effort to prevent me from actually publishing the book.

It is frustrating because this is my mind working against the desires of my mind.  I am sabotaging myself.  All of the hard part is done.  All of the story has been typed and edited.  I have printed it out in its entirety just to hold it in my hands to make sure I can do a final edit and see it in front of me on paper rather than a computer screen.  For all intents and purposes my book is finished and ready to be published, the front matter is done, the cover is done, the back is done.  I am waiting on my final once over to make sure I haven’t missed anything.

Yet here I sit, with quiet time reserved just so I can work on this book to get it ready to submit.  Here I sit and I am not working on this all famous once over I need to do.  I am instead contemplating every thing that could possibly go wrong.  I am thinking about negative reviews.  I am thinking about no sales.  I am thinking about no one even noticing my book ever.  I am thinking about how I will feel if no on buys it or downloads it when it’s free.  Can my mind and my heart handle such terrible reviews?  Am I thick skinned and rational enough to weather the tough times?
What this post comes down to is that I am mentally psyching myself up to do this.  I am confronting all possible problems now to make sure I will be mentally and emotionally prepared to put my book out into the great wide world.

As I stated above, these are all familiar feelings.  I remember having every one of them the last year of college.  As graduation time approached and finals loomed, I felt these same feelings.  Was I good enough?  Would people think I was good enough?  It was all a very surreal experience and so is this one it seems.

So what about everyone else out there?  How did you feel just before publishing your book?  Were you a bundle of nerves?  Were you calm and cool?


  1. As I write this, I have just finished up some of the last touches of the collection I will be posting to amazon and such in the next few days. I would love to see it hit huge but I am in this for the long haul and realize that this is the first of many more to come. Eventually they will all be found.

    1. Looking forward to your collection Jon. Can't wait to read it!