These stories nail it. The last one is mercifully different, which is the only reason the book isn’t completely devastating. It will be a while before I have the balls to pick up another one by this author; I’m filing her under Emotional Arson and Favorites.
Highly recommended read:
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson’s brilliant, brief book, REWORK.
This extract is perfectly suited for unpublished authors:
No one knows who you are right now. And that’s just fine. Being obscure is a great position to be in. Be happy you’re in the shadows.
Use this time to make mistakes without the whole world hearing about them. Keep tweaking. Work out the kinks. Test random ideas. Try new things. No one knows you, so it’s no big deal if you mess up. Obscurity helps protect your ego and preserve your confidence….
Would you want the whole world to watch you the first time you do anything? If you’ve never given a speech before, do you want your first speech to be in front of ten thousand people or ten people? You don’t want everyone to watch you starting your business. It makes no sense to tell everyone to look at you if you’re not ready to be looked at yet….
These early days of obscurity are something you’ll miss later on, when you’re really under the microscope. Now’s the time to take risks without worrying about embarrassing yourself.”
Can I get an amen from the beta readers in back?