I write religious fiction, stories that I hope will lead people to Christ and help them with problems. Some of my characters are part of me, some are parts of friends, and others are parts of people I’ve met. I know there are hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of people who have these problems, and I’m trying to reach them and help them.
Here are some things that can make an author feel self-doubt. Starting out as a nobody in the world of authors, especially if you're self-published, can be difficult. I've had several bookstores tell me, "We don't carry self-published books." Another line I've heard is "Your book is Christian fiction? No religious books here." Your family and friends might say, “I like another author’s book better” or “I don’t like that genre.” These kinds of statements hurt.
Authors have to be tough when they hear these things. We may say to ourselves, "Who wants to read my books anyway?" or "I don't have anything worthwhile to write." If we do, one negative thought leads to another, and before long we have stopped writing.
The answer is easy to say, but hard to do. Keep writing, never stop learning, and as your writing improves, make each book better than the last, You will receive more compliments. You will find new places to sell your books and new ways to promote them. Trust in God to help you get your books to people. Be patient, work, and keep trying. Donna Wittlif