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Overcoming Fear + Following Your Bliss

I often get petrified whenever I have to share new creative work.

A few years ago I had just finished writing a middle-grade fantasy novel.

When I wrote it, I hadn’t painted for fifteen years. I had no idea that I’d now be a full-time artist and entrepreneur.

I had just joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and attended their spring conference, where Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black was slated to speak.

I was super nervous. I wanted so badly to meet Holly and to have her critique the first chapter of my novel, but I had been assigned to have a critique session with a different published author.

As I waited in a little room for my author to show, I noticed Holly sitting alone across the hall.

I knew right then that if I didn’t get up and ask Holly to read my work, I would miss my chance and really regret it, forever.

So I walked across the hall. I introduced myself and Holly was kind enough to read my first chapter. 

It was one of those moments that gave me goose-bumps. We sat and had an incredibly inspiring chat and she gave me an enormous amount of feedback. 

Now I always remember to take that leap – to overcome my fear and walk across the hall – especially in those moments when I feel most excited and afraid. 

With love + gratitude,
xo, Juliette

PS. I just wanted to let you know that the first early bird spaces for the next session of Business For Creatives sold out in less than a week, so I added more and now there are just a few of those spots left.

Class starts September 3rd and 6 month payment plans are available. Find all of the details and register for Business For Creatives here.

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