The throngs of pre-published writers ache for the day they'll find their book sharing space on shelves in bookstores and libraries. To walk in and find a volume with your name on it, side by side with big-name authors is an experience to look forward to.
But have you ever thought about how publication might change your perceptions about yourself and others? Taherah Mafi has.
Mafi's debut novel, Shatter Me, recently came out, and the formerly active blogger has been unusually silent. Why? She feels different now.
Uncomfortable with the recognition and adulation that comes from publication.
Unsure what to say when people exclaim over her accomplishment.
And uneasy that some writers might feel she's on another level from them just because she garnered a book contract.
I really hope you read Mafi's post about how conflicted she feels. I imagine most first-time authors feel the same way, but they aren't as transparent (or humorous) as Mafi. I love how she pinpoints the tendency to under-appreciate artists and writers until they have the "stamp of approval" of a sale.
Do you think experiencing publication could make you uncomfortable?