ARE YA SCARED?! New Author Cold-Feet-Syndrome is REAL!

ARE YA SCARED?! New Author Cold-Feet-Syndrome is REAL!

If I had a nickel for every time an author, who’s book was about to be published, got cold feet…

I get it!! You’re about to put your masterpiece out to the masses. You risk bad reviews on Amazon, friends and family not buying your book (even though they said the would), and you may even fear that people will ridicule your writing behind your back. I’ll be honest. If that last one describes you, you’re paranoid. 😉

So, what is a shy new author to do? I’ll tell ya!

1. Put that book out there! You’ll never know unless you try. It is a shame when someone works for months or even years on a book, freaks out with anxiety, and then shelves it. Forever. Being an author requires courage. Find yours!

2. If you are truly concerned about your reputation, publish your book under a pseudonym.

The fact is, only after your book is published will you receive honest feedback from readers. That feedback makes all of us better authors! And, we can use that advice when writing our future books!!

It breaks my heart when an author wants to throw their unpublished manuscript into the virtual desk drawer, especially after an author has paid for publishing services, and has gone through the entire process, right up to the point where the files are about to be uploaded to the printer. The good news is I have been able to convince all of the shy authors I’ve worked with in the past to put on their big boy and girl panties, and to let it go – out there to the masses. Let people read it. Share your wisdom, information, fiction, and even wit with the masses.

You will probably be pleasantly surprised with the feedback you receive. And, you’ll start making some money for all your hard work!

At BookLocker, we don’t publish garbage. If I didn’t have confidence in an author’s book, I would not have agreed to publish it. 🙂


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About The Author


Angela Hoy is the publisher of, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises. - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday. - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors. - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!

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2 Responses to "ARE YA SCARED?! New Author Cold-Feet-Syndrome is REAL!"

  1. Pamela Allegretto  June 11, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Great advice.

  2. Marianna Busching  June 11, 2022 at 7:47 am

    I enjoyed your “Cold Feet” article so much, because it describes ME. In fact, now I’m sort of sorry that I published my second book, a medical mystery, under a pen name because I already have a highly acclaimed academic book on Amazon. What would my musician readers think of me if they found me writing sexy scenes? Well, I think I’m learning something: I’m sorry I’m using a pen name. I think my educated readers might get a real blast out of reading my novel. and seeing the “other side” of me.. And I’d sell more books. Live and learn.


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