“What If No One Likes My Book?” Fear of the Unknown

Fear of the UnknownYou can do years of research on writing, stories, self-publishing, whatever, but there is always an uncertainty when we think about the future. We never really know what’s going to happen until we get there. Fear of the unknown is being anxious about what might happen.

A small amount of fear can be good, as it stops us from making foolish decisions. But…“When fear infects the imagination, it enlarges the potential consequences far beyond what they’re actually likely to be.”*

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • What if no one likes it?
  • What if no one buys it?
  • What if I get bad reviews?
  • What if I never find an agent?
  • What if I screw up this time and I never get another chance?
  • “What if I’m just deluding myself and this turns out to be a huge failure?”*

If you’re procrastinating it might be good to take a step back and look at the reasons why. Are you holding off your goals, thinking that you have plenty of time, that the future you will get round to writing that amazing book you’ve been thinking of writing? Of publishing? Are you afraid of releasing something that isn’t perfect, because you’re afraid of criticism? Are you second guessing everything you do for fear of making a mistake and losing credibility?

The fears and “What ifs?” are heavy, and weigh us down like an anchor, stopping, or hindering us from moving forward.

Publishing a book is scary. But if you keep allowing “What ifs” to hold you back, your dream will remain a dream. Accept that not everyone is going to like what you write – and that is a good thing! If you find your audience, those dedicated readers who love everything your write, then does it matter if some people found that it didn’t suit them? Write for your audience, and for you.

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*source – The Fear Of Criticism – Way Of The Dave

8 thoughts on ““What If No One Likes My Book?” Fear of the Unknown

  • June 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I’m about ready to self-publish my first novel on KDP with Amazon and I’m feeling a bit nervous and scared. Really needed these reminders 🙂

    • June 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

      I wish you the very best of luck with your self publishing endeavour. I’m glad that my advice has helped you.

  • September 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Man, did I need this! I stumbled across this and I certainly needed to read it. I am currently editing (again) my manuscript and worrying that it will never be “finished”. In a way, I think I’ve just been putting off the querying process because I am a big ol’ scaredy cat.

    • September 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      I’m glad it helped! I think we are all scared a bit when it comes to submitting or letting others see our work. The trick is to be scared and just do it anyway!


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