Swoon Author Jenn P. Nguyen: Publishing Confessional

It’s a well-known fact that writers have very thick skin. It's kind of a job requirement. You need to no matter what stage you are in your writing career. Whether it’s with beta readers, critique partners, querying agents, or on submission with editors. You will be critiqued and judged and it can hurt. And it doesn’t end when you have a publishing contract either. In fact, it gets even crazier and on a much different level. Sometimes I think all writers are kind of insane for putting themselves through this torture. xD 

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This may be a taboo subject as not many people talk about book reviews after you’re published. Maybe it’s because if you complain then you seem ungrateful. Which isn’t true at all. I am beyond ecstatic about my book being published and out in the world. There aren’t enough words to describe how thankful I am for this opportunity. But that doesn’t make the reviews hurt any less. Most of the time, I try not to let it get to me. After all, everyone has different taste in books and they’re entitled to their own opinions. Not everyone will love my books. I mean, it’s not like I’m someone amazing like J.K. Rowling! But sometimes, just sometimes, it still gets to me. The self-doubt creeps in about my own writing. Like nothing I can do is right. That I’m just kidding myself. And I have to take a step back.

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But then sometimes, there are those awesome moments that bring you back. For example, mine was when someone reached out to me on Goodreads to tell me how much she enjoyed my book. Not just as a reader, but it touched her on a personal level because she was also a law student so she felt like she connected with Taylor. With her determination and concern about her reputation. And that she was my fan. It wasn’t the compliments that got to me (although they don’t hurt!), but the fact that something I wrote was able to make someone so happy. And that’s when I remember why I write. 

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So remember that sometimes the grass isn’t exactly greener on the other side, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a wonderful place to be!

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Jenn P. Nguyen

Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through ...

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