Most people will reject, ignore or dismiss your book for any reason. You just need a few yesses – from a literary agent, then a publisher, then from book buyers. Remember, even if you sell 3.2 million copies of a book, 99% of America rejected it.
Many writers have a big ego but nothing deflates you like a bad review. Expect bad reviews. Not everyone will like everything you write. Learn from the critics or dismiss them, but don’t obsesses over a fear of getting a few bad reviews when the vast majority may turn out positive.
Yes, some believe success will come to them and at too fast of a pace that they won’t be able to handle it. News flash: You would be lucky to have such a problem. Success will come when it chooses – and from when you work hard, smart, and purposely. Go with the flow and grow with whatever success you achieve.
Make the time. I don’t care if you get up early, stay up late, steal time from your lunch break, cut down on watching TV, or whatever, but real writers find the time. Even if you write two pages a day, you have a book in less than four months.
This fear is real because you’ll never have enough time to properly market a book, assuming you know how to go about doing it. The solution is that you do what you can and make a real effort to support your writing. Then leave the rest to a professional book promoter.
There’s nothing to fear. Apply for the awards and see what happens. There are many awards out there. Find ones that are relevant and where you can be competitive. If you write plenty of books and submit each one to many awards, you have a chance of placing high in some.
Every book can impact a life, perhaps many lives, just by being informative, inspiring, enlightening or entertaining. Writers contribute to the world in so many ways, on so many levels. We may never truly understand or come to realize our impact on others, but rest assured, good books change lives.
Writers aren’t athletes who peak at a young age. In fact, writers do better with age, accumulating experiences, and formulating full, informed views. Your best work is always yet to come.
As we age we realize arthritis, bad backs, eye strain, and other ailments settle in. Physically, tomorrow will not be as good as today, so let that urgency fuel your writing now. Don’t wait to write the greatest book as an octogenarian, though writing at any age can be rewarding.
Someone always has a better, bigger, faster, whatever, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t better than many or most. Who cares about the competition? Write what you know, do your best, and have fun with it. Put your work out there and let the masses determine your fate.
It’s natural to be concerned about the future of books, considering how much free content is out there, but so far, with all of the competition for a reader’s wallet or time, people continue to spend more on books than they did a year ago. The book world will be here for many years to come.