‘Jibe’-author Michel van Egmond must safeguard themselves against pressure

‘Jibe’-author Michel van Egmond must safeguard themselves against pressure

Michel van Egmond wrote several best-selling books, such as the autobiografieën of René van der Jibe and Wim Kieft, but the success also has a downside: the author has to safeguard themselves against the expectations of publishers.

“Then they say: We do not expect that your next book such a huge success, as it is 100,000 times is sold is also good. 100.000!”, says the 48-year-old journalist, in conversation with Metro.

In order to ensure that he is carefree and without pressure to write, forcing Van Egmond himself to not think and simply “the best book to write”.


Van Egmond was to be the first writer to twice successively, the NS public prize to win. In 2013, Jibe, 2014 for Kieft. For his book, Topshow, on television Football Inside, he got also the price for ‘Heroes Sportsbook of the Year’.

Despite that rating, says Van Egmond not always convinced of his own abilities.

“Before I start writing, I am often very enthusiastic, and I think the book has potential. But once I go to write, I think at any given moment: what does all of this? What a load of crap, all, here, nobody is waiting for. (…) But then the time insist, and I realize: fuck it, I should just write as I always write. You’ll be fine. If I people read, they are more enthusiastic than I am.”

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