Much as his ego outweighed his actual success, I always admired Dave for his total belief in himself and the band. I remembered that when I started writing, first in fandom and then as a published writer.
As I scan over my newsfeed on Facebook I can see two authors, A and B.
A promotes like this. LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME!! NOW!!! I AM AWESOME!
B promotes like this. Well, I, um, maybe, if you could look, no one loves me but, I, um, my book...
We write in a small genre, and there are hundreds of authors vying for readers but publishers have taken a chance on both those authors. Which one is going to be noticed?
I may roll my eyes every time I see author A on the feed but she is THERE. She's bloody everywhere. If I'm looking for a book to read, I will remember her name. Will I remember author B? Actually, I do. Because every time I see her blushing or putting herself down I want to shake her and say, "YOU ARE AWESOME! But if you don't believe in yourself I'm damned if I've got the time to prop up your ego."
Is that harsh? Maybe. But author B is better than author A. She just doesn't believe in herself. If she doesn't, who else is going to?