Posted by: Faith   in Write!Canada

Something I heard from both Joel Freeman (plenary speaker, Write!Canada 2010) and Michelle Buckman (author) at the conference:

Absolutely NO ONE is more excited about your book than you are.

Not your critique partners, your mother, your agent, your publisher, your publicist, store owners, blog writers, book reviewers, or fellow writers.

In fact, few people will actually sit down and read your book from cover to cover (particularly if you’re a non-fiction writer).

Why does this matter?

Because it means we have to have huge confidence to be in this industry. We need to develop that thick skin and clothe ourselves with a confidence that can convince the rest of the world why our work matters.

We may not always be successful at convincing others… but if we go into this remembering that no one else loves our work as much as we do, maybe it’ll help us keep a more realistic perspective as we face the struggles ahead. :)

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4 comments so far


It’s definitley all about confidence. I’m also very excited because this post actually showed up in my reader. Usually yours don’t. I hope it stays that way.

July 13th, 2010 at 12:07 am

Yay! I’m so happy to know that the feed is fixed and working well :) Glad you found your way over here… I hope it keeps working too!

July 13th, 2010 at 1:25 am

Confidence! I need more of that. Does it come in a bottle I could buy?

July 13th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I bet it does, but it probably smells like baby powder and rancid flowers and costs $14.95 from Target. ;)

July 14th, 2010 at 1:11 pm