You spend months working on your beloved first novel. On the day of launch you have visions of it storming up the Amazon charts and perhaps causing a stir on Facebook or Twitter. In your head you have already planned a series of book signing events and you can’t stop imagining how it is going to feel when you are hailed a ‘literary genius’ by several influential book bloggers.
Several weeks later and the only book sales you have are from your parents, who bought a copy each but haven’t got round to writing a review, your mother’s friendly neighbour who gave you a three star review for trying, a stranger who gave you two stars for a terrible book and an old work colleague who only gave you three stars because you still owe them a pint.
After several creative tantrums, a bucket load of tears and being told to pull yourself together by a loved one you come to the conclusion that just because you wrote a naff novel, the world is not going to end.
Here are the reasons why:
- You will be proud of myself for trying.
- You will still have a roof over your head.
- You will be able to say, “I wrote a novel”
- You will still have your family and friends.
- No one died as a result of you writing a novel.
- Everyone has to start somewhere.
- First novels rarely set the literary world on fire.
- You will be able to try again on the second novel.
- You will be able to say that you had a dream and instead of doing nothing about it you went for it.
- This could be a sign you might need different beta-readers. Perhaps using your mother as a beta reader was not the best way to improve your countless drafts.
- This is a sign you need to build up your author platform.
- It might not be the novel that’s unsuccessful, it could be the marketing plan.
- You needed to get that story out of your system as it was driving you insane.
- You enjoyed writing the story – isn’t that what matters?
- You plan to look at where you went wrong with this novel and use the learnings to help shape future books.
- You could still make changes to it.
- This is not the end but the beginning.
- Writing books for oneself is so underrated.
And the most important thing…..you still LOVE writing! This will never change!
Have a great day!
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