I have self published and I am proud of it. Actually I've doe so 3 times now with each one being a little better than the last. Each time it got easier as my written word was well received and I became clear and more confident in what I wanted to say.
Now I'm taking it to a new level - I want to be published by a traditional publisher and I feel that same nervousness that I felt with that first book in 2011.
Here are the steps that I took to prepare.
1. Research - find a publisher who actually publishes the genre you're writing. It will save you a lot of grief.
2. Hire an editor who has actually been successful in helping other authors get published. They tend to know what the publisher will expect in a submission. Have a well prepared submission.
3. Speak to other published authors and ask them for tips - this is a wonderful asset.
4. Acknowledge the fear but do it anyway!!!!
I'm really doing this.