Good morning everyone!
I hope all is well with each of you. The weekend was a bust for me, in that I didn’t write one bit. Unless you consider scattered posts on FB. And even those were few and far between.
Every now and then, each author will hit walls. You’ll either lose your motivation to write, or will to promote. You’ll get discouraged, and see lack of sales as an indication that you should just give up. After all, why write if you can’t even give your books away for free and get readers?
When you hit that wall, ask yourself a simple question: do I write because I want to be rich and famous? Or do I write because I love it?
If you’re only writing because you think you’ll get fame and fortune, then stop. The odds of that happening in less than ten years, or at all, are high. And no one’s going to read your book just because you think the should.
We can’t force people to buy our books. Even if we think they’re worth reading. We can’t throw fits like children and demand they either buy it and review it or else. It’s as useless as holding our breath would be. Eventually, you pass out and don’t get your way.
So, what do you do when you hit that wall? That’s up to you. You can give up, sure.
Or you can shake off the feeling, take a walk, soak in a bubble bath, and think on the next scene or a new promotional opportunity.
Because authors do that to break down the wall.
On another note…..
If you live near Seattle, or are coming into town for Emerald City Comicon, be sure to find me on Saturday the 28th! I’m going to be out in the crowd and will have a few books, some postcards, and business cards (both author and COO) with me. Oldest is supposed to do the lettering on the shirt soon, but I’ll be wearing a bright green crewneck shirt with ‘Published Author Cosplay’ across the front! Be sure to say hi if you spot me!