First Book Jitters

2013 sets out to be a very exciting year for me. 

For what seems like an eternity, I’ve dreamt of having my own book published.  After years of struggling, first with my confidence (who doesn’t have self doubt?) and of course trying to find a publisher, I was fortunate enough to strike gold. Since then, I’ve been very excited and just a little anxious about my first book being published.  I think a lot of it has to do with how little I know about the process, but my head is slowly getting around it. 

Part of me was naïve enough to believe that all I needed to do was provide the manuscript with the ideal amount of writing skill for a publisher to see the potential, and then with a little editing, I’d be on my way to a fairly decent career.  That is part of it, but I had no idea that I also needed to ‘get myself out there,’ and do a little self promotion.  (The thoughts of it!)

I’m not a natural on the internet.  I use the usual sites for research, e-mail and socialising, but blogging?  It’s taken me months to get my head around it and I still have no idea if I’m what I’m doing is right.  That nasty little devil on my shoulder has been prodding doubt into me with his pitchfork, but I’ve decided to give the little fecker the flick and give this blogging business a go.  Although it’s a rather daunting thing to do – I know it will be good for me. 

Phew… with confidence restored, my first post is over and out! It wasn’t so bad after all.

And, if anyone out there is interested, you can find out more about my forthcoming book, The Reluctant Prophet on  

5 responses to “First Book Jitters

  1. Well done Gillian. No need for self doubt, having read some of your work I know your a great writer, and I can’t wait to read you published book! Congrats again. Karen 🙂

    • Thanks Karen. I’ve been very lucky with the support I have from friends, family and publisher. It’s definitely a different process to what I imagined, which isn’t a bad thing, but I have wondered if other people have felt the same way I have! My confidence has certainly grown positively because of it!

  2. You go girl. I have wanted to start a blog myself for quite some time … but the self doubt you mentioned keeps telling me “why bother … it won’t be any good” … so I think I know exactly what you mean. The doubt shouldn’t have stopped me … but it has. Good on you for persevering.

  3. caspeace, Artesans of Albia.

    You’ve only just started on what a published author has to do, Gilly! Blogging is only the half of it … !!! But it is fun, and there are lots of people out there who will help and encourage you. Well done and congrats on your achievements so far – I’m sure there will ba many more to come! 🙂

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