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The Writer's Book of Doubt contains essays and illustrations providing hope, encouragement, and inspiration for writers.
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Why don't I have any ideas?

Why haven't I written anything?Why haven't I written anything good?Why won't anyone publish my stories?Why won't anyone pay me for my stories?

The Writer's Book of Doubt by Aidan Doyle is a book of comfort for writers. An acknowledgement that writing can be a difficult and lonely process. It includes essays and advice from a number of writers and will be illustrated by Hugo and World Fantasy nominated artist, Kathleen Jennings.

Map of Submissionland
Map of Submissionland

It will an include a revised version of the Science Fiction Writer's Hierarchy of Doubt accompanied by Kathleen's illustrations. (These are preliminary sketches, not the final artwork).

Guest Essays

The book includes guest essays from a range of writers giving advice on how to deal with doubt and providing examples of encouragement and hope. The essays are reprints, but many of them are revised and expanded.

Delilah S. Dawson - No Word is Ever Wasted

Malon Edwards - I'm a Big Black Man Who Writes Science Fiction

Meg Elison - Revenge is a Hundred Dresses

Kate Elliott - The Space You Make For Your Art

Kameron Hurley - 10 Things I Learned From Failure

Matthew Kressel - Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer

R. F. Kuang - The Racial Rubber Stamp

Fonda Lee - The Great Green Monster

Rose Lemberg - Don't Self-Reject

Likhain - Seeing Yourself in Stories

Jeannette Ng - Cultural Appropriation for the Worried Writer

A. Merc Rustad - The Necessity of Hope

Mary Swangin - El Mayarah - Stronger Together

Bogi Takács - How (Not) to Include Trans People as Background Characters

E. Catherine Tobler - Writing, Mostly

Isabel Yap - Whenever I'm in an Extended Period of Not-Writing I am Always Deeply, Deeply Mystified About How the Hell to Start Again

Plus a bonus illustration from Tom Gauld - The Ghost of Future Book Sales

Other Essays

I'll be writing a series of original essays on topics such as:

Why Doesn't My Doppelganger Have Imposter Syndrome?

Redecorating the Pit of Despair

If Your Cat Doesn't Write a 1000 Words a Day, You're Not a Real Writer

If Only I Could Find the Perfect To Do List App, I Could Conquer the Galaxy

I Want My Friends to Succeed, But Not More Than I Do

The Awesomeness Dossier

The Mediocre White Man Confidence Factory

If You Haven't Written Seventeen International Bestsellers by the Age of Four, Forget About a Career as a Writer

Writers' Workshops: the Chance to Tell Other Writers Exactly What They Have Been Doing Wrong 

All the Things You Know You Should Do, But Don't

The Good, the Bad, and the Offline

The Superfluous Things that Wear our Togas Threadbare

Networking for Misanthropes

The Optimist's Guide to the End of the World

The Venice of Awkward Comparisons

Emergency Bunnies

The 9 and 3/4 Platforms of Rejection

The Search for Happiness Explained by a Randomized Hill Climbing Algorithm

Rewards

The Writer's Book of Doubt will be available as an ebook (mobi/epub) and paperback.

You can also get an art print of Kathleen's gorgeous Map of Submissionland (there are rewards with or without the paperback)

Stretch Goals

$5000 AUD ($3650 USD) - Free Wallpaper Image (Everyone who backs at the ebook level or higher will get an electronic version of the Map of Submissionland (FUNDED!)

$6000 AUD ($4400 USD) - An original Martha Wells (Murderbot author) essay on The Ups and Downs of a Long Career will be included in the book.

$7500 AUD ($5530 USD) - Larger art print. Backers at the art print level will have the option of choosing from a 20x16 or a 16x12 print.

$10000 AUD ($7400 USD) - Color map of Submissionland. Kathleen will do a color version of Map of Submissionland. Backers at ebook level or higher will get an electronic version. Art print backers will have the choice between color or black and white print.

$14000 AUD ($10300 USD) - Audio book version narrated by Tina Connolly (available for anyone who backs at the ebook level or higher). N.B The audio version might not contain all of the articles since it will involve purchasing audio rights from the contributors.

Who is This Book For?

Writers who struggle with doubt.
Writers who have conquered all of their doubts should buy copies for their friends.

The Author and the Illustrator

Aidan Doyle is a Melbourne based writer. He is the co-editor of Sword and Sonnet (an anthology of battle poet stories) and an associate editor at PodCastle. He has had stories published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside and Nature and been nominated for both the Aurealis and Ditmar awards. He has been writing for a long time, has never had a novel published, but is not ready to give up. aidandoyle.net

Some of his essays include:
The Pomodoro Technique (time management)
What I've Learned from Slush Reading at PodCastle
The Science Fiction Writer's Journey

Kathleen Jennings is an illustrator (and writer) based in Brisbane, Australia. She has created illustrations and cover art for many international authors and publishers, and her maps appear on the cover of Christopher Rowe's Telling the Map (Small Beer Press) and in Holly Black's The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King (Little, Brown; forthcoming). She is a Hugo finalist, has three World Fantasy Award nominations, and several Ditmar Awards to her name, and can be found online at kathleenjennings.com and tanaudel.wordpress.com.

Risks and challenges

I ran a successful Kickstarter last year and delivered the anthology a month early this year. The project will be dependent upon Kathleen for the remaining illustrations. She has a track record of successfully delivering artwork for publishers.

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