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The fun part of the impostor syndrome


So I am going to be “one of those guys that write Sherlock Holmes pastiches” – my adventure about the Manchester Mummies was accepted, and I am well pleased with this fact. It was a lot of hard work getting the story out, due to my deep antipathy for doctor John Watson.
But the editor liked the final result.

Now there’s one thing I found out I’m doing when my stories are accepted for publication – I never paid it any attention, but this morning I finally noticed: as soon as I got the acceptance mail and replied it, I went and re-read the story.
To see if it’s really any good, if those holes I remember thinking over I finally filled and stopped.
And of course I did, and the story is fine, or it would not have been accepted, and yet…
I need to see for myself.
That’s impostor syndrome at work, I guess – but at least it’s an innocuous expression of it. Might even learn something, re-reading the stories that actually sold…

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “The fun part of the impostor syndrome

  1. Great news! I’m quite curious about the final result. For “reasons”, I think that your version of Sherlock Holmes will be quite ironic…


  2. Congratulations on placing the story!

    (After years of steadfastly avoiding becoming “one of those guys that write Sherlock Holmes pastiches,” I now have such a story under consideration. Here’s hoping Arthur Conan Doyle is resting peacefully.)


    • Well, he could send us a quick note – he was after all a firm believer in spiritualism, he should have a fast line to communicate with us, right?
      And I hope to see your story out there too!

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  3. Simply amazing, man. “Eclectic” is your second name.


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