08/09/2010 12:37 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Who Do I Think I Am?

Have you ever questioned your "right" to be a published author on a particular subject? Go ahead, you can admit it -- I do!

I recently had this experience after writing my book proposal for a new project. I hired a coach, Robin Rice, who had to talk me out of my own fear and neurosis. It is a common issue as we writers (for the most part) are insecure people. That is why God invented coaches and therapists so when we get stuck and can't see what we are capable of someone can shine a light at us and remind us of our brilliance.

I have to remind myself sometimes how much I DO know. That is why I created my Everything You Should Know kit about publishing. I found myself downloading so much knowledge and experience every time I met with a potential client and it sounded so familiar because I had said it all just the day before to someone else. So why not put it all in one place? I was saving myself a lot of time and people a lot of money this way. They all needed the information and three hours was never long enough to tell them everything they should know.

I would recommend to all writers who have these thoughts of "who do I think I am?" to be aware of how often you are sharing a particular knowledge base with people. It is a great way to quantify your "expert" status and to get you past this fear.

If the process of becoming a published author overwhelms you join me and many book industry experts at the upcoming 21st Century Book Marketing Event in September. Seating is limited so register today.

Arielle Ford has launched the careers of many NY Times bestselling authors including Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Neale Donald Walsch & Debbie Ford. She is a former book publicist, literary agent and the author of seven books. To learn how to get started writing a book please visit:

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