So it's the first Wednesday of the month and time to post with The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Check the long list of awesome blogs at the bottom, when you get to the end of my ramblings.
Today I'm thinking about how far I've come and how far I have yet to go. I find lately, that I tend to look forward more than I look back. Kind of like a mountain climber that isn't anywhere near the top but they're not at the bottom either. Clinging to my rope and peering at the top and despairing about how much further. But I should look back for that is where my victories lie.
I've published three books and a fourth is about to be published. The last two books are e-books only as I try a two-pronged approach to publishing. An e-book, a print book - a book published at all is fantastic, I know that. I'm thrilled and excited. But four books in, I know that after all the hoopla dies down, there's the reality - a book needs readers and if I'm to succeed, it's up to me to find them.
Publishing a book is only the beginning. Selling a book is the journey you'll be on with that book for the rest of its life. I have to admit - I love the theory of marketing. In reality - it's one big twisted algorithm. Okay, not so much - but you published writers out there, you know what I mean. It's a beast you can't always quantify. Sometimes it's like catching a fish with your bare hands.
Did I mention that I'm a worrier? I could have given a class in Worrying 101, 201, never mind straight through the upper levels, before I hit grade school. If you're offering a class on worrying hire me, I'm a natural.
Oh wait - my inbox just dinged. My mind reels with possibilities.
a) It could be a reject of a manuscript
b) Some other type of bad news - who knows what but give me a moment and I'm sure I'll come up with it.
c) Groupon again - why can't I get off their subscriber list?
So I'm learning to enjoy the moment rather than stew about what ifs and the possibilities that the dreaded Amazon algorithm will strike me in my sleep. Because now it's not just rejection that comes in an e-mail - good reviews, a reader or two and acceptance lands there too.
Do you look back or forward?
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