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Accepting that your book won’t be the best.

Posted by Charles Gray on August 14, 2011

there’s a desire on the part of self published authors to show that they can be the best.


And it’s a laudable desire, because the tide of poorly edited and never proof-read drek on Amazon is a big part of what keeps self publishing from getting the respect it feels it deserves.

But there’s a flip side.  Understand that your books, especially your first books, will not be the best.  Unless you are the sort of writer that comes along once in a century, you need the improvement that comes with not just writing, but kicking your baby into the cold hard world, to sink or swim.

Because once you do, and if you can sell some, you’ll get the sort of feed back that can really start helping you.  The cold evil comments of those who don’t know you, and who shelled out time and/or money to read your baby.

Get ready.  It’ll be rough.  But, it’ll help you improve your art, with some of the best instruction around.


Does this mean that you shouldn’t proof, go through edits, etc?  Of course not.  Doing that is integral to the book making process.  But you need to also understand that there are many books out there, that are “almost there.”  Problem is, they’ve been almost there for years and will be “almost there” when the manuscript is put next to the author as he is lowered into the ground.  Wanting to be perfect, especially when sort of realize we aren’t (those who really know they’re perfect have no problem putting books out– unfortunately, they’re usually wrong), can be a trap that keeps us from ever releasing anything.


Don’t fall into that trap.



2 Responses to “Accepting that your book won’t be the best.”

  1. scribbla said

    Very wise words of advice, that when followed, will allow for most aspiring writers to finish a book. I think too often too many writers don’t finish their works because of the pressure they put on themselves to be the best. Being open to improve is a valuable mindspace.

    • happyhyena said

      Yeah– I learned this the hard way with my MA thesis– I wanted it to be as good as Drescher or Davis– but Drescher and Davis are the 500lb. gorillas in the field I was working on. They’re the ones you go to, the ones who have dominated the scholarship…and there’s no way I had their experience, or breadth. It wasn’t until I realized that that I actually got started.

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