Here's the comment from Joan A.: Writers should be building themselves and their work up, not putting everything down. As a psychologist, I find that self esteem is sadly lacking in the world today.
This got me thinking that many writers seem to fall into one of these two categories:
- Agressively confident. This writer knows he's amazing and wants every editor and agent to know this as well. In fact, he expects them to know this before he even bothers to pitch his story. I don't like to work with anyone who's significantly cockier than I am.
- Apologetic. These writers pitch stories as if they can't make eye contact and seem to apologize for all their shortcomings before the editor or agent even asks any questions. In fact, they almost seem to apologize for even bothering to write at all. As an editor, I can't trust a writer who can't trust himself.
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Want to build up your self-esteem? Check these out:
- Unstoppable Confidence: How to Use the Power of NLP to Be More Dynamic and Successful, by Kent Sayre
- What's Holding You Back: 30 Days to Having the Courage and Confidence to Do What You Want, Meet Whom You Want, and Go Where You Want, by Sam Horn
- Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End, by Rosabeth Moss Kanter