IF YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME FRETTING
ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING,
YOU'RE GOING TO MISS OUT.
QUERY LIKE YOU HAVE THE ANSWER
TO MY PRAYERS.
One of the things I love about Ms. Reid's blog and her attitude is that it reminds me that people want to read our stories.
I tend to be "apologetic" about my writing. I downplay everything. When meeting new people who ask what I write, where I've been published, I might mention my story collection, but I don't say it proudly. I brush it off, like it's no big thing - "It's only an ebook. I just published it myself."
A lot of this attitude comes from being raised not to brag or to boast. Some comes from having previous news and excitement about writing accomplishments fall on deaf ears. (It's rather demoralizing to hear nothing but the chirping of crickets from people who used to be supportive and encouraging.) And all the rejection I've received over the years? It's taken a toll. My skin is both tougher and more sensitive than it used to be.
But here's the thing: I don't want any of us to "miss out" anymore. I want all of us to "be bold." People do want to read our stories. They do want to be a witness to our creativity. Our audiences are out there. Believe that. Trust that.
Now, let's go find them.