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The fun part of the impostor syndrome

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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…

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  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.)

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    • 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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