Fantastic post! I struggle with #3 tremendously. Fear of failure isn’t what is holding me back. It’s the fear of being judged. So I go through life not really putting my work out there. My co-workers don’t know about my writing. My neighbors don’t know. If I meet someone and they ask me what I do for a living, I say “Accounting.” I should be able to proudly say “I am a Writer!”
#4… Oh, gotta love #4. I see this all the time. A reviewer who doesn’t like their book is either too stupid to understand it, or they’re out to get them. I’ve seen authors argue with reviewers on Goodreads and Amazon. I’ve seen authors go on crazy rants on their own blogs. No one is always right.
10 years ago, only one book out of every ten would succeed. And by succeed, I don’t mean bestseller. These books would earn out the advance for the author and probably get in a little more on the royalty, they would earn the publisher a small profit (yeah, not the kind of profit traditional publishing bashers say publishers make), but good enough to commission another book by the author. Occasionally, one of these “success stories” would break out and become a bestselling A-Lister. All in all, 7 or 8 out of every 10 published authors would fail. Today, with the ubiquitous self-publishing model, the number is higher it’s probably 97 or 98 out of hundred.
Yes. Only 2 or 3 out of every hundred novelists will see success. Not Patterson kind of success but “I can quit my day job” kind of success.
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