Day 26 of 90: Fear #ASMSG #IAN1 #IARTG #SupportIndieAuthors #Inspiration

I saw this quote from Zig Ziglar, and I love it.

“Fear has two meanings, ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise’”

I love that saying. The past few days I’ve had several authors approach me saying they’re shy and don’t know if they can bring themselves to send out review copies, let alone try to find an interview or something to introduce themselves to new potential readers. They’re worried that they won’t get a good review, or that they’ll come across in a way they don’t want to.

I don’t understand this thinking.

My advice to them was simple. We are all given this life to share ourselves with the world. You never know where life is going to take you, but you’ll never find out if you don’t take the next step.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, remember that you have already done the hard part when you wrote the book.

And with publication, it’s out there for the world to see. It’s there for people to love or hate as they will. Your precious work is able to be scrutinized, poured over, re-read, and graded like a school exam. I guess I understand the shyness, if you don’t want anyone to read your work.

Our biggest fight as indie authors is getting the word out. You can waste your time, worrying about what ifs and what mays. Or you can rise up and face your fear, and use it to guide you to greatness.

Don’t hide yourself from the world, stand in its view and loudly proclaim your accomplishments.

Day 25 of 90: We aren’t perfect #ASMSG #IARTG #IAN1 #SupportIndieAuthors #Inspiration

On a roll! Haven’t missed a day yet. It might not seem like much, after all we’re not even halfway done with this, but keeping this going has really helped me get back on the right track. I’m back to meditating, eating right, and exercising everyday.

Just like a book, your life is lived one moment at a time. Every second of the day adds to your life and experiences. There’s no one like you in the world. No one has your smile, your sparkling personality, your unique perspective on life. Not a single person can tell your story the way you can.

I wrote Breath of the Titans as a way to escape boredom. I didn’t really have a plan, nor did I want one. The freedom that afforded me led to its own set of problems, but they’re problems that can be conquered with hard work and a willingness to improve.

None of us are perfect, and we’re all learning as we go. Anyone who tells you different is trying to sell you something. That’s not to say that people aren’t experts, but that experts generally don’t work for free.

How did that person become an expert, anyways? With hard work, dedication, and an open mind that let them accept they lack knowledge. You can learn just about anything if you put your mind to it. Afterall, I learned to write books.