When Alexandra Franzen first wrote her novel, So This is the End, she wasn't ready to publish it with the wide world.
She released it as a gift - a free download she gave to her mailing list. She was terrified it really wasn't that good.
A torrent of replies came in, sharing how much the book had moved them. She got braver and put it up for sale on her site. Then, over a year later, she thought it might be ok to think about publishing it wide.
Here is the story of how her book went from something that could have hidden in a drawer forever to a book that's been optioned for a series and is coming out in hardcover. If you ever doubt the importance of trying, this is your episode. Warning: you may write like the wind without holding back after listening to this. I know I did.