Hi all and welcome to Raven’s rambling and Thursday thoughts on…
A crisis of confidence.
(that is a lot easier said than done)
I thought long and hard before I wrote this blog, but to be honest, I think it needs to be said.
A thoughtless word (or twenty) can cause a crisis of confidence.
I know this how?
Are you sitting comfortably? this is where you nod Then I’ll begin.
Once upon a time, in a land not far away, a respected person in the publishing world told an author that the genre they wrote in didn’t sell. Which is of course their prerogative, and after all, you would think they should know.
Except they told the author this little fact the week before that author had a book out in that genre—with the publishing house that person was associated with.
Imagine how that made the author feel? Like they were crap? Worthless? A failure?
Especially when it seems said publishing house didn’t tell that to other authors of that genre.
Probably all of those.
How horrible, and how would that author feel to have that in their mind when they went to promo that book?
Believe me, I know it can take a while to get over those sort of emotions, and pull up your big girl/boy boxers and get on with it.
After all if basically you were told that you weren’t going to sell a brand new story, how would that affect you?
We authors have fragile egos at times. Especially when a new release is concerned, so that almost throw away line could have done untold harm, and given said author that crisis of confidence I mentioned.
Whoever said sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me was oh so wrong.
Words can be incredibly harmful, be they meant or careless.
I’m not naming names because this isn’t a witch hunt. It’s a think before you open your mouth or press send on an email post.
And on that note…
love Raven x
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