It’s the first Wednesday of the month.
I’m gonna keep this relatively short and sweet today. I learned a good lesson Monday. You see, I went like five or six days straight without an ebook sale on Amazon, the one place where I can track my progress, or lack thereof. I’ve learned over the last year not to get all bent out of shape when I get a bad review, and luckily, I haven’t had very many to react to. But when my Amazon sales rank skyrockets, I get worried. When it soared to the upper reaches of heaven on Monday, of all days, I downright panicked.
I reached out via Facebook, and many of my friends took my hand, offering support and a shoulder to lean on. But I also encountered a few unexpected angels up there in heaven. They rallied around me, told me how much they loved my book, how skilled they thought I was, but they went even a step farther. They formed a street team, a group of loyal fans, friends, and followers who’ll spread their love of my book using various forms of social media. Then they did, they spread.
And then today, I saw that my wicked streak had finally broken. Now, I don’t know if they had anything to do with that shake-up, just like I don’t know what caused the slowdown in the first place, if it’s indicative of how things are going right now, which seems the case according to many of my author friends, or just an anomaly. Either way, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is, I had the loving arms of some amazing people to hold me together.
So that’s my message. We authors are already a rather sensitive, insecure bunch, so if you’re putting yourself out there, make sure you surround yourself with folks who will catch you when you stumble, will bolster you up when your confidence sags, will nudge you when your afraid to go any further. With a year already behind my launch, I’m usually the nudger to my lesser experienced friends, but I’m not too proud to acknowledge when I need help and to accept it when it’s offered. Honestly, I’d never make it without that.
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE!