Daily Archives: December 5, 2023

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Are You Ready to Stand Naked?

I received an email from a book client. She said she had finished the first draft of her life story and was preparing to send me her manuscript for editing. She asked, “What now? Is this story worth going to the next step? For what?” She’s not my first client to experience doubt and fear in the final phases of writing. I call it the “standing naked” phase when you realize that the next step is publication. Soon, you will have to stand naked in front of your public, and your own mirror. Your parents and friends will have already read your latest draft and told you it was destined for greatness. Are you ready for the reviews of readers who will be honest? Will your book pass public scrutiny? […]

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