Perfectionism Kills Books!

Filed in Motivation Mondays by on January 26, 2015 0 Comments

As the Director of Acquisitions here at Xulon Press, I can honestly say I love what I do. There is no greater reward than helping a budding author envision their book and bring it to reality. But I often note a common factor holding writers back. Perfectionism. People think they have to make their book perfect before they can even consider publishing. Now, I am not saying an author shouldn’t work on making his or her book the best it can be, but I am saying the fear of perfectionism kills books. Here’s what I commonly hear:

  • I am not an expert – Well, yes you are. If your book is your testimony, who better to tell it? If your book is to teach others, your point of view on the subject is valuable. If you have a fiction story, then who else can bring forth your vision.
  • I don’t know the right way to write a book – I personally don’t believe there is a right way to write one. Some people can go from page one to the end. Some people write in sections and then fit the pieces together. Both are great ways to get your story out. The important thing is to write!
  • I’m not sure I am a good writer – the truth is no one publishes their first draft, not even famous authors. Writing involves rewriting and massaging your content. If this seems overwhelming, keep in mind that’s what editors are for.

Don’t let any of these perfectionism road blocks keep you from your writing dreams. Do you need more help envisioning your book? Get started by downloading your FREE Publishing Guide. Each member of my team has helped hundreds of authors publish. We have a lot to share and can help you move your book forward.


About the Author ()

Donald Newman, Director of Sales for Xulon Press, has over 20 years experience working with Christian authors and editors. As a Pastor for that same time, Don truly believes that every Christian book has the ability to minister to each one who reads it. "You just never know what a book can do. One book can change thousands of lives and other times we see where one book can change one life that changes thousands of lives. Just look at the many books that have touched more than one generation. Nothing has the ability of touching many generations for God like a well written Christian book." Don leads and manages the sales team at Xulon with this one thought in mind..."Books change lives everyday". At Xulon Press we are in the business of changing lives, one book at a time.

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