You must have all four pieces, then add time
and an unwavering sense of satisfaction at every stage. The moment your attitude descends into bitterness,
negativity, and blaming, you lose. Game over. Go home.
If you don’t find greatness today, try again tomorrow.
Persist, persist, persist.
Smile and congratulate and day dream and throw
away those bitter apples. You don’t need them. They
do you no good.
You are not competing against other authors.
Bestsellers are gateway drugs. You need them. Learn to appreciate
everything they do FOR YOU.
Readers don’t pick just one author, one book. They
love many, often, fiercely.
So should you.
Cultivate friendships. Put those first.
Research your business. Forget your hobby.
Swear sometimes, but laugh immediately after.
Talent takes time. It’s ok if you’re not there yet. Don’t
try to rush a career that’s still baking. It’ll taste better
when it’s done. And frosted.
No one likes yucky cupcakes. Or yucky books.
Just because you didn’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s
crap, should never have been published
instead of you. You’re so much
better. Blah. Blah. Blah.
Someone loves it, so support those readers. They might
want to support you one day.
Even if you think sparkly vampires or billionaires with floggers is kind of dumb.
Someone gets stars in their eyes when they read those books,
so don’t be that asshole who shames them for it.
Take a breath before you take out your impatience on others.
Take a breath before you write an embarrassing article for Huffington Post about how
no one loves you as much as J.K. and that’s not fair.
Take a breath before you slam a reviewer for not “getting” your book.
Take a breath before you question an agent’s opinion when they turn you down.
Take a breath.
Take one more.
Then get back to writing where you belong.
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