OK. So today marks the last day of 2014. I’m sure you have all experienced your own triumphs and failures this year. I’d like to focus on something a little less tangible than sales and books. Let’s talk about lessons. Here’s a list of the things I’ve learned in 2014.
1. Trust yourself. A lot of times, I knew something wasn’t right. It felt like it in my gut. I know when something isn’t working in my writing and usually I know how to fix it. Never forget that you are the master of your own universe.
2. Embrace the crap reviews. I’ve had a few. Every author has them. It’s something we struggle with, especially the ones that are long in length and detail every single thing we did wrong in the reader’s opinion. Guess what? Everyone has an opinion, and most of the time, you aren’t going to like it. But drive on. Because for every person who doesn’t like your work, there are more who actually enjoy it.
3. You define your own success. This lesson comes straight from Rosemi. The first time I mentioned the word ‘success’ to Rosemi, she asked me what it meant to me. How would I know I was successful? Which leads me into number four.
4. Crave connection. My answer was along the lines of, when seventy strangers have reached out to me in regards to my work. It wasn’t a sale number, it wasn’t a dollar amount. I only wanted to connect with readers. That excitement, I love it! And I want it.
I’m hoping to learn many more things in 2015 and definitely have more books available to my readers. So far, we have Chasing the Tide and Crashing Souls slated for release in 2015. I hope you’re all as excited as I am. I shared a teaser for Crashing Souls on my Instagram account yesterday in celebration of hitting 60,000 words. It’s only right I share it here!
Now playing Sex & the City the movie! Next is the second one! I’ve always loved Carrie Bradshaw.
All my love,