Some may say this sound pompous, arrogant and pretentious but actually it is not. It is not arrogant to know your worth. Because it is going to take this attitude to make it as a writer.
A few weeks ago at a book signing event I met an elderly man who swears he had seen this before (everyone thinking they can write because they can string two sentences together) and only the true authors are going to be left standing. He said he doesn’t read books unless a big publishing company is behind them.
Then I guess he has never read some of the most remarkable work known. Castle Rock was not a big publishing house when they took on Stephen King. But he’s the most highly paid author in the world today.
I ignored him for I didn’t drive through snow to get there to listen to him. Yes, there are trolls offline too.
He said years ago it was vanity publishing companies milling out books by the thousands and most aspiring authors fell to the wayside never to be heard from again. The writers gave up and went back to their day jobs. Was he giving me a hint? I don’t know but I’m sure he was but I have many years of writing under my belt. Many years he knows nothing about.
These are the kind of things you will hear. Develop a tough skin and keep on doing what you do. Being a writer doesn’t mean being perfect. You are going to write great stories and not so great ones but keep on writing.
This is the greatest fear most who want to write let hold them back. It’s like anything else you want to do…if you await others’ approval, you’ll never accomplish anything.