This weekend I met a collection of writers, each one as different as the stories they create. Stephine Osborn, John Hartness, Scott W. Baker, Tamara A. Lowery, Charlotte Henley Babb, John Ringo, Lee Martindale, Janet and Chris Morris, Timothy Zahn, Eric Flint, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Brandon Sanderson were just some of the people I met. Some of these authors I talked to more than others and some I only went to the panels they hosted.
One thing was the same about all of these individual writers. I noticed it didn’t matter if they were self published, published by small print, or one of the big six; every single one of these people had a presence. They were writers. They knew without a sliver of a doubt that they were writers. They knew their work and they had faith in their work.
I learned just by watching these people that you have to believe in what you do. You have to wholeheartedly trust that your work is deserving to be read. To be able to do that you have to do your absolute best. It doesn’t have to be your best the first time you write it but it better be by the last time, otherwise it isn’t worthy. To again quote Janet Morris, “Our time is finite. Write the best book you can now.”
All of these authors are available at http://www.amazon.com/