I recently mentioned that my mission is to revive the indie publishing industry by addressing the lack of confidence and imposter syndrome sweeping the industry like a wildfire.
First let me say that I by no means am belittling anyone with imposter syndrome, nor am I saying that lack of confidence is unfounded. What I am saying is that we can overcome it.
I have met amazing authors who have stopped writing all together. I have worked with authors who struggle to start a new book for fear that it’s not good enough. And I have come to learn, even in my own endeavers, that fear is the dream crusher. It reminds me of something I read in a book once:
Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
–Dune by Frank Herbert
Yes, it’s a quote from a SciFi book, but it makes sense. As artists and creatives we strive for the perfection of something that is made beautiful by its imperfections. We let our insecurities and fear hold us back.
You’ve had your dream for a long time, haven’t you? People can see it in your eyes, hear it in your voice when you talk about it. The passion, the drive, and the fear…
Sometimes they smile and nod and walk away and you fear it’s because they think it’s stupid. Or maybe you come on too strong and you scare them away. But that’s not it. Not really. Your drive convicts them and reminds them of all the dreams they left behind. All of the things that they hoped to do one day and never will because they gave up.
Somewhere along the way, your drive and your passion have faded. You were so excited, so ready to tell everyone and now…now you keep it hidden away. Sometimes you think about it, but mostly you let it drift to the back of your mind. You still plan to do it…someday.
I have news for you. Someday never comes. It’s time to pull your passion, your drive, your dream out of the depths of that bag where you keep the journal with all of your notes. It’s time to drag it out from beneath your bed and let it see the light of day once more.
Lysa Terkeurst, author of The Best Yes says,
We don’t have to manage our insecurities, deal with our insecurities, or grit our teeth and will ourselves to somehow ignore them. We can grow past them.
And that is my goal and my dream for indie publishing. For us, as an industry, to grow past our insecurities and take hold of the success we all crave and deserve.