Discouragement can be a reality check

Discouragement is a reality check that forces you to reexamine your purpose. The reality of a thing can often be much different than the imagined one. We all dream of the charmed life of a successful artist knowing only a select few achieve this. We are discouraged when our skills don’t improve as quickly as we hoped and it forces us to take a moment to step back and re-evaluate. Why are we doing this? The optimal outcome of a period of discouragement is a richer, deeper, and more lasting answer to that question. Creating a writing or illustration career is much more difficult than most people think. We need time practice, discipline, and instruction to help improve our skills. We need to learn how to market and build a platform for ourselves. And we need courage and fortitude to keep at it for a very long time to see results. Facing such obstacles we need to restore our hearts with courage. First, you may just want to take a restorative break. Invest your time and energy in things you enjoy. This may be a time where you even readjust your goals to more immediate or realistic ones that will build to greater long range goals. Take time to think also why you would like to reach those goals. This could help you return to your work with new intentions. Here are two intentions that may be helpful….. 1. Focus on enjoying yourself, telling a story you feel needs to be told to the best of your ability with the simple goal of getting better as you go. Whether the book sells or not, be satisfied with just doing these things. 2. Ask yourself, “How can I help others? How can my work lift someone up, give them a vision or knowledge they can use, or better their life?” In the end, If we can find a way to help others through our work, we’ll be more likely to find the illusive readers and attention we thought we were looking for. ——— Abbreviated article by Pam Stucky https://www.writingandwellness.com/2018/04/16/what-you-really-need-to-do-as-a-discouraged-writer/

How do I successfully market myself?

In general there is no easy answer, I haven’t found a way or I would sell more than 1 book every few months. My personal best and what I heard from a few others is by sitting at a table with your books at a book fair or book store… library local author book fair — Donate a few copies to you local library system. Sales at Amazon are for my YA E-book. Rarely do the paperbacks sell there. I personally buy E-books from BookBub notifications sent weekly from Amazon. You probably have to pay for their publicity assistance to be included in that. I easily get the FREE and 99 cent books. It’s harder for me to buy a $1.99 book and I’ll often pass on a $2.99 book even if it sounded kind of interesting. These are short term promo prices that are normally higher which helps fuel the urge to buy. It’s quick. One click and it is delivered to my Kindle. The cover sells the work. If the cover looks like something you would want to read then you read the first paragraph of the blurb. (Make a study of them.) It helps to attach your Website link to any post on public media. If you post interesting stuff, people will check you out. Your book covers should be prominent on the landing page with a direct link to Amazon. It is all about creating a BUZZ! This should start before you publish. Book trailers, Branding yourself with your avatar icon, headers, Unified collection look to covers…. Jake Parker posts videos of himself inking sketches and started Inktober. I have no idea how he got so many followers. David Petersen inks work on Twitch. NETWORKING… Create a Social Media Platform — Website (free at WordPress or WIX), Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are the current big ones. Join Facebook groups, post consistently good content on Instagram, Twitter, your website, blog. If it isn’t good or interesting delete it. Have a link to your website everywhere. I have These accounts saved in a block of text….
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