Day 84 of 90: A part of your soul #ASMSG #IARTG #IAN1 #SupportIndieAuthors #Inspiration

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.

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5 thoughts on “Day 84 of 90: A part of your soul #ASMSG #IARTG #IAN1 #SupportIndieAuthors #Inspiration

  1. You pretty much nailed it there: “Perseverance is key.”
    It won’t happen overnight but to make it happen takes a lot of effort and a lot of learning about what works best for your medium.
    I work with many writers. Over the last 5 or 6 years I’ve seen quite a few put in the hours, publishing book after book, until finally they are able to become full time writers.
    Yes it’s difficult, but how else would you appreciate it in the end.
    Great post!

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    • Exactly. There’s a direct correlation to how much luck you have at something versus how much work you put in at it. You work hard, and put in the time to do what you have to do, and the luck will follow.

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  2. It can be frustrating but also rewarding.

    Unfortunately authors with deep networks of ‘the right’ people or with money to pay for advertising, often determine what sells ‘big’ while the average writer is kept in the trenches a bit longer.

    Eventually someone will make your day, a new fan will post a comment:
    “I enjoyed your book.” Then it’s right back to writing again for the pure joy it brings.

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