I receive a lot of emails from authors who read my blog, and by far their biggest reason for getting in touch is to express how discouraged they feel about their book sales. To let all you know that you’re not alone, I thought I’d share a personal story.
A couple weeks ago I received a text message from one of my best girlfriends. I won’t quote it directly, but in it she said that she was embarrassed to tell me that she’d finally read my sixth novel, which came out nearly two years ago.
I had to laugh at her message. You know why? Because I dedicated the book to her! She even came to one of my launch parties and co-signed a few copies for fun. But despite all that, it wasn’t until recently that she actually sat down to read it. She said she tore through it in three days and loved it, which was great to hear, but the reality is that she’s just not a big reader. It’s nothing personal against me, it’s just how she is, and I understand that. That’s what you have to keep in mind when your book comes out. Just because you wrote a book, not everyone you know is going to rush out and buy it, much less read it or tell their friends to read it.
That’s what I try to convey to disillusioned authors who contact me. It’s so easy to get discouraged, but you have to keep your chin up and keep doing whatever you can to spread the word about your book. Yes, you’re going to feel disappointed at times, but that comes with the territory, and you just can’t let it stop you. If I had let it stop me, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
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