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Alex and his team of co-hosts for today are Hart Johnson, Chemist Ken, Candilynn Fite, ME, Clare Dugmore, and Lilica Blake!
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I image us all sitting in a circle on folding chairs, perhaps a nervous smile or two for those beside us, gearing up to share our insecurities. Glancing around waiting for our meeting to begin, I image some struggle with fear - fear of putting themselves 'out there'. Others' self-confidence keeps them from hitting the 'send' button on a submission. Both plagued me for years, but I took the leap and did both.
It was worth it.
But now I struggle with another insecurity. Clearing my throat, I think of the words I need to share.
"My name is Terri Rochenski and I feel inadequate."
Even though I've been through the publishing process six times, I feel inadequate to offer advice to aspiring authors. My critique skills, marketing, blogging, and editing talents are still a major work in progress.
A few months ago Roane Publishing contacted me wanting to know if I would be interested in acting as their marketing director.
(For those of you who don't know, these are my crazy googly 'what the...?' eyes.)
Talk about laughter! What the heck do I know? Sure, I love setting up blog tours - I THRIVE on the organizational aspect of them, but director of marketing?
I let Roane know that I'm no expert. I'm just willing to learn. They allowed me to hop aboard with my baggage of insecurity and anointed me with a title, and now I have the opportunity to help others reach their goals of publication. Perhaps I'll get lucky enough to work with one of you sitting around me!
It's been four months, and while I still feel hugely inadequate, I am gleaning every bit of wisdom I can from this experience.
Keep moving forward, says I.
We'll never know it all, but it's worth shooting for!
Do you struggle with feelings of inadequacy? Do you offer to beta read or critique in fear and trembling? Or perhaps the thought of ripping an aspiring authors' WiP to shreds fills you with sick glee...?