I spend a lot of time dreaming of the kind of unique turn of events that could push my books into the stratosphere a la 50 Shades of Grey.
Maybe all it would take to get the process started is a retweet from a famous person – maybe Rihanna, VB or Nora Roberts. There are times I also ponder a controversy with some organization or the other. But then I remember that I hate conflict so I move on quite quickly from that idea. Then there are my HONY moments. I sit and I think of how great it would be if Brandon Stanton spotted me, found me photo worthy and heard my tale of wanting to write romance novels for the world to read – inspiring hope in love for the love cursed. But then I remember that I do not live in New York and I have no idea when I might end up there for a visit. Besides… Brandon Stanton stalking is probably not the best use of my vacation days.
And this folks is the difference between dreams and reality. The likely story is that I will continue selling my novels in a haphazard way while I build up a catalogue. Maybe eventually my novels will finance themselves but sometimes I’m not even sure that will be a reality. The thing is… despite this I cannot ever seeing myself giving it up. Because when you know… you know. When you have found your passion, you can’t abandon it. I once had a writing mentor who advised to write for the love of it and never for the sales. It is wise advice. I get excited for each sale or each free download equally. You might think that that is odd. I mean I don’t get paid for a free download. True. Each download, however, represents my book in the hands of someone else. My hugest dream is to share my stories with as many persons as I possibly can. I’ve learned though to not associate my writing success with the amount of sales or downloads I have. I associate it with each book I am able to nurture from an idea to published novel.
This mentality makes the process easier and more exciting but I wouldn’t turn down publicity from something like a retweet by Rihanna…
To all the writers out there – what keeps you motivated? What is your defitiniton of success?