Overcoming the fear of publishing.
There I sat in front of a computer screen with my finger hovering above the left click button. I had spent over a year writing and illustrating. My book had been edited and re-edited. I had lived and breathed my book for so long that I would dream about it every night and sometimes during the day. It all came down to this. One click and my book would be published. One more click and my book would be announced to the world. I felt excited, anxious, and terrified all at the same time. After a long deliberation and some much needed encouragement from my husband — I did it. My book was public. I was overwhelmingly nervous about the response I would receive from social media. What if I get negative comments, or worse, no comments at all? It was over a day before I gathered the courage to open my social media accounts again to see the response. When I did, I was pleasantly surprised by the large amount of likes, comments, and private messages congratulating me on my book release.
Like all artists, authors put themselves into their work. Whether you are self-published or traditionally published, when you finally do release that book you have put so much time into you feel completely vulnerable. This to me is the most frightening part of the process. I have made a list of a few things that helped me when releasing my first few books in hopes to encourage new authors.