Last week we explored the positives about becoming published by asking The Write Romantics, “What are you most looking forward to about being a published writer?” This week, we look at the flip side of that question and ask:
What worries you about becoming a published author?
Just like last week, there are some common themes. Here’s what the group have to say …
Managing my writing worries me and the promoting aspect, but I think that this is because it’s something entirely new. It’s exciting at the same time and I hope that once I start on that road, it will become a lot clearer. I do admire writers such as Lynne Connolly who seems to have a good business mind as well as her creative mind. When I look at the RNA Romna chat it can be quite scary to see all the issues that we, as published writers, will have to face one day but the good thing is that the forum is so open and helpful and I wouldn’t hesitate to ask for help.
Yes, well, there’s certainly plenty to worry about… I’m basically quite shy, though I’ve learned to hide it over the years. Whether I can hide it enough not to appear a blithering idiot when I meet all those new people that will surely be required must be severely in doubt. I don’t have a public face, I’m not photogenic and, quite honestly, the publicity side of things scares me more than a bit. Then there’s the writing itself. It isn’t one book that’s expected, it’s a whole bunch of them. Can I write another as good, if not better, than the first? Will the published book crash out and lead my agent/publisher to drop me like the proverbial hot brick before I’ve barely started? And so it goes on… Somebody remind me why I’m doing this?