I saw a post on the board recently that made me think. This author says he spent years lovingly crafting his story, only to feel an overwhelming sense of disappointment at the lack of a response. Whether it be from friends, family, or even strangers, he just expected more. It’s enough to make them consider quitting writing.
I can understand that. There’s a lot of times when we take something close to our heart, show it to the world, and watch the world shrug it off. Most of the time, it’s something not that important. But it can be harder when that thing is a piece of your soul.
What do you do when that friend/family member who said they wanted your books hasn’t read it? How do I get strange people to pay attention to my books? Where do all the readers hide whenever I bring out my books to talk about?
I don’t have any definitive answers to these questions, all I can offer is the advice I follow myself. First, don’t guilt trip that friend/family member. Realize that life complicated, and people are going to people however they feel is best. Don’t rush them, adding pressure does neither of you any good.
Second, write a story you love, and don’t be afraid to give away free copies. I have quite a bit of reviews, over 50, for a book that hasn’t even released yet. I wouldn’t have a quarter of those reviews if it wasn’t for my willingness to share my writing.
Last, I don’t know where the readers are, but if you figure it out let me know.
There’s only one connection I see when I look at the authors that dominate the top of the selling charts. Perseverance is key. I keep seeing and having people ask how to be a successful author, how to build a platform, how to get reviews, how to gain a readership. The answer never changes. It takes hard work, and a willingness to have people throw you under the bus.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve watched people give up, just before they attain their goals. That’s not to say that beating your head against a wall continuously will get you results, but if you stop trying you will never succeed.