Friday, April 7, 2023

How Authors Overcome Obstacles



Authors, to be successful, will need to overcome many, many obstacles, burdens, and confrontations. Do they have what it takes to endure and defeat the difficult moments, big and small, that they inevitably must confront in order to get a book written, published, and promoted?  

Authors will need a number of resourceful traits to win out over the odds. How they perceive things to be can dictate their game plan, action taken, and their will to thrive.   

Too often, we let our emotions take over how we perceive our reality. Fear, anger, and frustration can settle in when we need courage, love, and resilience. Where some see a crisis, others see a mere chore, while others see an opportunity for something good. Desperation or powerlessness mustn’t rule an author. Hope, confidence, and conviction should instead guide their every action.   

“Nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” so says Shakespeare. He’s 100% right. You make of things what you want. You have the power to determine how you’ll act, think, feel, and speak. That’s a lot of power.  

We choose how to see things and how to determine what we’ll do. We don’t have to be slaves to the obstacles. We can simply navigate how we want to pursue our goals.  

Of course, where there’s a real issue or a burden, we can’t just ignore it. But how do we look at these obstacles and find a way to get beyond them?

  1. You can seek to be objective, identify resources to solve or combat it, or calculate that it’s a losing cause and move onto a winnable battle.  
  1. Control your emotions. Stick to the facts and figure out what’s possible, probable, and profitable. Pack your feelings and simply look at facts.  
  1. Be optimistic and positive -- see the bright side to an opportunity. 
  1. Ask others for help, even pay an expert for guidance.  
  1. Focus on what can be controlled and not on what can’t. 
  1. Re-set your goals and change your standards. This doesn’t mean settle for less, but to recalculate the value pf things. 
  1. Acknowledge that anything worth pursuing will have setbacks, losses, challenges, and demanding tasks. Toughen up and work hard. Be savvy and passionate.  

Whatever comes your way, embrace it. You are a writer and nothing comes easily.   

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always try just one more time.”

-Thomas A. Edison

“I’ve learned that people will forget what said, people will forget about what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Carl W. Buehner


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Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2023. 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 award-winning blog has generated over 3.3 million pageviews. With 4,400+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years 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, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, 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:  



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