Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Why Do Authors Pursue Fame?


What makes authors think they are deserving of critical praise, financial success, and fame?

Many authors will say they love to write and/or that they have a story to tell that they believe has to get out. Others see writing books as a means to a bigger end, where the book promotes a business or brand. Or the book generates leads to sell their courses, paid speaking gigs, and other content products. Or the book is a way to promote a message or achieve some political aim.

But almost all of the authors fully believe their book could be a movie or a streaming show. They think it is worthy of book awards, hitting bestseller lists, and getting covered by major news media.


Our books are connected to our lives, as writers. They are us. We certainly do not want to be rejected or ignored as writers, do we, for it means our essence is being dismissed. Our creativity, intellect, experiences, and beliefs are wrapped between the covers of the books that we write. When our book bombs, pieces of ourselves get obliterated in the process.

Perhaps the process of wanting attention starts young.

I just came back from picking up my daughter from camp.  She had spent six weeks at a sleep-away in the Catskills that specializes in the theatrical arts — theater, music, dance, film, and singing. All of these kids do their best to channel their inner Adele, Reece Witherspoon, and Misty Copeland.

But only a few stand out, even at the young ages of 12, 13, or 14. And even fewer will pursue this as a career and an even tinier number will experience any kind of success. They compete with each other and with themselves to be the best they can be.

They have courage, heart, and soul. They believe in their talents, much like the way authors do. They pursue fame and applause with every song, dance, and scene.

Authors should feel deserving of fame, but they need to go out and earn it. A book that warrants attention and praise needs its author to market and promote it, tirelessly and shamelessly.

Authors may pursue fame for any number of reasons. And their book may really be special. But nothing happens unless the author seeks fame and fortune, so park your laziness, insecurities, and excuses, and get out there and get what you deserve!

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Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at brianfeinblum@gmail.com He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres.


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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum



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