Just as I’m beginning to be discouraged, I get a little whiff of hope. So many books are written and published today, and then they languish forgotten on the imaginary shelves of Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. I have no real reason to believe SECRETS OF THE LOTUS won’t be one of those books. Remember Disney’s Chicken Little wishing on a star? “Come on. All I need is a chance!” I know I’m not the only writer out there that feels that way.
This week has been a week of mixed emotions in my writing life. From a rejection by an agent to being absolutely blown away by the reception my little Free Fiction page received (thanks in large part to a grassroots effort by a couple of my friends to spread the word, but still), I’ve been pretty well torn on how to feel about whether to even keep on keeping on. I’ve certainly got plenty of other things to spend my time on.
Then, out of the blue, I find a tweet (I’ve just started Twittering) about SECRETS. It got five hearts from Romance Book Scene! How awesome is that? Want to check it out? Here you go: Romance Book Scene Reviews SECRETS OF THE LOTUS. The author, Roni, who I swear I don’t know, calls my book, among other things a “sweet love story” and a “very nicely written contemporary romance”.
Maybe my writing career isn’t a hopeless loss, after all.
You keep on keeping on and so will I!!! I tell you, if writing gives you more energy than it takes then it is “right work” for you:-) My little business venture makes me happy and gives me a creative outlet. I get the feeling that your writing is the same for you. Keep it up! I will be reading 🙂
You better keep it up! You’d have way too many disappointed clients and clients-to-be who would never get their photograph taken by you. Thanks, Jenn!
Sometimes the writing world can be discouraging. Here lately I’ve felt the same way. But, what I am discouraged about is how much more I need to learn in order to write better and get published more.
You’ve found a publishing company who wanted your book. You have it published. You have this wonderful review and I’ve read enough of your shorter works to know just how good of a writer you are.
You keep plugging along. As Jim Valvano would say, Never give up, Never give in.
Yeah, I know you understand the frustration, AJ. It really does seem like when I’m at a low point something comes along to tell me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back to work. Thanks for the encouragement!
Even the most successful authors I know (who have big publishers and meaty advances) experience the same ups and downs all writers do. The only time your writing career should be considered as ‘over’ is when you don’t love writing anymore.
Don’t give up… you’ve gotten some fantastic feedback. You gotta let that see you through the discouraging days.
Congrats on the great review!
Thanks, India. We really all do go through it, don’t we?