Would you believe someone said to me that maybe my books might sell better if I took my face off of the back? It was a very candid comment that was never meant to be hurtful. Honestly I thought it might be a great social experiment. She then explained that given the context, people might be more willing to read it if they didnt have their own ideology of black authors. I told her, people who want to support my endeavors will do it. I realize I dont write in a genre that is common amongst minorities. In fact, all the literary agents I wrote to declined to represent me. That #adultfantasy wasnt 'a thing'. That was 4 years ago. Of course I would to have more feedback. The book is long, and then branches to a second book, that will branch into a third. It's a long series in the #fantasy #adventure #romance genre.
As an indie, it's tough. But let me tell you something, never once have I thought I'm not good enough. Never once have I thought about giving up. #ilovewriting
Would more support boost my self esteem? Sure.
Does it hurt when someone says they will read my book then either never start or never finish? Of course. It makes you wonder if you're good enough and they are too kind to say otherwise. @jkrowling.official was turned down almost 20 times before she was picked up. @mikerowe bought 60k copies of his indie mothers book and gave it away free to his followers before a big publisher took her seriously.
NEVER give up on your dreams, never stop trying to make yourself better.
All THREE elements must be present in order for success to happen. And guess what? Opportunity, being the hardest to come by, may come when you least expect it.
So be ready.
Hone your talent. Put it out there for as many people to see. Apply for everything, be ready for when that opportunity happens. Dont ley anyone tell you you're not worthy, because YOU ARE.
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