Okay, so you’ve published your novel! Congratulations on an awesome achievement. So now you wait for the right wave and you ride it. It will bring you fame and fortune. Everything you ever wanted will be at your finger tips. The yacht and mansion are within reach. That million dollar wardrobe is about to manifest. Your life is about to take off, right?
Well…not exactly. There’s that little thing no one really warned you about – marketing. What? You are a writer, not a marketer. You’ll leave that to your publisher/marketer/friends. I’ve got news for you buddy. You’ll have to get in there and get your hands dirty. That is unless you’ve got millions stashed away to pay someone else.
So put on your other hat and go out there. You’ll meet some wonderful people and some pretty snarky ones. Some will welcome you and your book with open arms. They’ll do everything in their power to help you. They’ll take your books on consignment if need be, organize a spectacular launch for you, encourage you, introduce you to others in the know and generally wave a magic wand to make things happen. People will take the time to read your work and then write thorough and fair reviews. They really will. Sounds amazing? Well it is and you deserve it. Treasure these gems. Never take them for granted. Be grateful – really grateful.
And what about the snarky ones? Yes, they’ll be there too. They’re there to keep you grounded. They’ll make sure your head doesn’t grow too big. They’ll remind you that you’re not that great. They’ll point out that your book is not anywhere near as good as theirs/their friend’s one. And that’s all okay. No, really it is. It’s all part of the journey.
Along the way, you’ll learn to focus on all the many wonderful things that are about to happen to you and your work. You’ll bask in the goodness around you. You’ll let people in, accept what they offer, reciprocate in kind. You’ll observe but not absorb the negatives and focus on the abundance which is flowing into your life. Just step out of your own way and let it happen!