Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What I've Learned So Far...

I've been a published author for a little over three months now. For some strange reason, I'm feeling compelled to share with you what I've learned so far.

1. Amazon is unpredictable at its best and maddening at its worst.
2. Umm... I really did need a Facebook author page even though I didn't want one.
3. Writing a book is like creating music. Some will like it. Others will not. That's what makes the world so fabulous.
4. Trust my gut. Ultimately, I have to like the story that has my name attached to it.
5. Readers can love my characters just as much as I do. Faults and all. Their imperfections make them real.
6. Read the bad reviews with objectivity. I can learn from the negative.
7. Don't read the good reviews, but be very grateful for them. 
8. Covet the wonderful messages from readers who have been touched by the story enough that they've emailed, messaged, etc. and shared their own similar journeys.  Creating something from my heart that touches others enough that they take their time out of their busy day to let me know is more gratifying than anything else.
9. It's okay to be scared to death. It means that the amount of time taken away from my family means something.
10. Perfection will never be achieved. The story will never be good enough. There will always be one last tweak. Learning to let go and hit "publish" has made me a better person.

I was just going to list ten things, but I came up with an eleventh.

11. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. This journey into the unknown is mine alone, but I'm so happy to share it with you.


Gloria said...

Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the journey, I certainly enjoy your books (well the first one anyway, the second is still on my list, but I will get to it! promise!)

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