I Hate My Book!
All I really need to say about this is: That’s normal.
Almost every author I’ve worked with has told me at some point that they hate their book. Some have even called me and said flat-out they need to be talked off the ledge because they can’t stand to look at their book for one more minute.
Usually there comes a point in the editing process where they feel like they’re not just sick of it. They’re convinced it’s Really Bad. Like Piece of Cr*p bad. Like, OMG the publisher is going to cancel my book bad.
When you get like this? It’s a “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” moment. The man behind the curtain is your insecurity, trying to control things while pretending it knows All.
It doesn’t. It knows nothing. So, do nothing.
Ignore that voice. Just push through it. Keep going – whether you’re writing or editing or giving your galleys a final proofing or even if you’re looking at the printed copy of your book in your hand. Ignore the voice, don’t feed it, and soon (trust me) it will go away.
Have you ever heard that voice?
© 2010 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent