An Author’s Tools – Balance & Patience

Writing your book isn’t always easy. Many times it’s difficult and time consuming. However, I think that any writer who has finished working on their writing can admit that it’s worth the effort.

Something else that’s worth the effort is advertising your written work once it’s published. This is something else that’s difficult and really, is a never ending commitment. Let’s face it – every single author wants to sell as many of their books as possible. It’s not just about earning money as a writer, but it’s about having others appreciate our work and add it to their literary collection. I think we can all agree as writers that having someone purchase your book is a fabulous feeling.

As writers and authors, it only makes sense that we want people to purchase our books. It only makes sense that we get excited after we hit that publish button or when our books come out in stores. We start wondering when we’ll get our first copy sold, our first review written, etc. This is only natural and we shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

However, at the same time, sometimes excitement can lead to anxiety. We become worried that our books won’t sell, that our ratings and reviews won’t be as good as we’d like, and that maybe – we’re not as talented as we thought. These are also normal feelings. What’s not normal or good, is when you allow these thoughts to overtake your life.

Writing (whether you’re making money from it or not) should be fun. Above all else, writing should be something one enjoys doing. If you start obsessing about how many books you’ve sold or whether or not your work is appreciated, remember the main reason for writing.

I’ll admit, I can get a little impatient when it comes to selling my books. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy selling my books as a self-published author (most promotion is self-promotion which isn’t an easy thing to get done), but I also expected to have more sales by now. This has led me to feel a bit anxious about whether or not I’ll sell more copies and when it will occur. I’m appreciative for every sale and review I’ve gotten so far, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish I had more. I don’t think this is totally greedy, but rather normal when it comes to wanting others to own your work. After all, part of the reason that authors write is to share their work with others.

Still, I realize that something I can get a bit too stressed out and too impatient. Part of the process of being an author (in addition to writing and publishing), is self-promoting and being patient with the results. Not everyone is going to rush out and immediately purchase your books. It takes time to make money. Also we have to remember as self-published authors that every author has to start out somewhere. Before Stephen King was the King of Horror, he was just a first time writer like all of us.

When it comes to looking forward to sales, remember that it is perfectly normal to want as many people as possible to purchase and enjoy your work. However, we also have to understand that things take time and sometimes things don’t work out quite how we expected. Don’t let yourself start to obsess about things that you can’t control. When someone decides they want to purchase, read, or review your book – they will. I know that waiting is hard, but it’s something that we all must learn to do.

P.S. If you’re having trouble selling your work, don’t lose hope. Keep trying the best you can to promote your work while still enjoying the fact that you’re a writer and a published author!



Slow Down and Take Your Time

After publishing my first book, Rest in Piece, I almost immediately wanted to write and publish another book. I think in a lot of ways, that’s a good and positive thing. Writing something and putting it out there for the world to see is exciting and if it doesn’t give you a taste for more, what’s the point of doing it in the first place? Writing and publishing should be exciting so it’s no wonder that we want to continue the process over and over again!

The problem is that writing and publishing are not things that happen overnight – that is, not if you want to do it right. When working on a story or really any type of writing, it’s important that you take your time and not rush. I know it’s hard to not just breeze right through and try to publish something as soon as possible, but it’s not just writing that’s important, but it’s writing well that’s essential – and really what the craft is all about.

Let me give you an example. On my first few short stories for the short story collection I’m working on, I didn’t rush. I just let the stories take me where they did and wrote everything at the right speed. However, with this last story I’m working on for the collection, it’s going to be longer. As much as I want to do a good job with it, it can be difficult to take my time and not want to rush through the writing process. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing (I really do), but I can’t deny that the thought of publishing my second book is pretty exciting! I can’t wait for that day to come! Therefore, it’s tempting not to speed the process along.

I realize though that in order to continue to write my story well, I must slow down and take my time. It’s not like I’m in a hurry. The best results are going to come from writing patiently, not simply writing as quickly as possible as if I have some kind of due date to meet.

So remember, if you want to be successful when writing, take your time. Make sure everything is how you want it before you rush to get it published.

I wish you all the best in your past, current, and future projects!


Taking Your Time And Leaving Pressure Behind

I recently started a new story. My hope is that after writing a few short stories, I will compile them into a short story collection. However, since I don’t really set limits to how long my stories are, it is possible that one of these stories will be longer than a ‘short story’ or of course, I may start a story and it may not go anywhere. That’s besides the point though. The point is that I’ve started a new story and a new writing project.

As many of you know, I recently published the e-book and paperback version of my novel, Rest in Piece, which I must say I don’t regret for a moment. I have had a good amount of sales so far (though there is always room and hope for more!) and I have had pretty good reviews. I will say one thing though, having a book published puts pressure on you to write another one that’s just as good, if not better.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going to pretend for a minute that I’m some amazing writer or that my book is a bestseller. Still though, it’s out there and people have read it. I loved publishing my own book and I love that people have spent their own hard earned money on something that I wrote! I worry though – what if that’s the only book I can produce? What if it’s the only good book I have in me? I think it’s something that every writer and author worries about – no matter how many copies you’ve sold or how ‘famous’ you may be.

I think the most important thing is to take your time while writing. It can be difficult, but don’t worry about publishing your work right away. Try to concentrate on writing a good story and that’s it. Also, try not to put too much pressure on yourself. I know it can be hard, but putting too much pressure on yourself just takes away the fun of writing and that’s one of the best parts of putting words to paper – to be creative while having fun!

So next time you’re writing, try not to worry about whether or not your work will be good enough to publish. Instead just enjoy yourself and write the best you can. Then after that, you can decide the best route to take!




Book Sales: Being Patient

Please do not take this post as a plea for sales. I’m merely writing my thoughts.

So you’ve written your book and had it published. The hard part’s over right? Not quite. While writing and publishing your story are the hardest parts, that doesn’t mean that everything’s going to be easy from here on out.

I admit that once I published my book, I kind of expected a lot of sales to start rolling in. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m no Stephen King or Harlan Coben, but I honestly expected more sales by now. I appreciate each and every sale that I’ve made (more than you know), but as an author, you want as many readers as you can get.

It can be hard waiting for sales. I’d be lying if I said that I don’t look a lot to see if any more people have purchased my book. I don’t write for the money, but I think we can all agree that it’s nice to make some. Also, and this is important, when people buy my book it makes me happy, not just because of the money, but because of the fact that it means that they are interesting in reading something that I wrote. That’s an amazing feeling and one of the best feelings out there for a writer!

Writing and publishing a book takes a lot of patience and when that process is over, so does selling your book. However, you need to be patient and you have to remind yourself that you’re just starting out. Good things take time and if you’re a good writer, you’ll make more sales.

Another important thing to remember is that it’s not enough to just write and publish a book – you have to advertise. For some, advertising and marketing written work is easier than it is for others. For example, I don’t have a lot of social media accounts. Rather, I rely on my blog along with family and friends to get the word out.

Here’s something else that is very important: remember to be appreciative for each and every sale you make. You have no idea how much it means to me that people have purchased my book; it makes me so happy. To think that for the very first time, I accomplished the goal of publishing my very own book, it’s just an awesome feeling! It’s also a wonderful feeling to know that people actually bought my book; paid good money to read something that I wrote.

So if you wrote and published your own book (or someone else published it for you), don’t worry if you don’t sell a lot of books or even any right away. Selling, just like writing or publishing, a book, takes time and effort. Have patience and work hard – your books will sell!


Patience and Writing

Patience and writing. I think this is something that many of us struggle with. I know that I do.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to be a published author. They say that you should write for yourself and then afterwards, think about publishing. Maybe that’s easy for some people, but it never really has been for me. Don’t get me wrong, I write because I want to. I don’t write for the popularity or the possible purchases, but I write because I enjoy it and want to share my thoughts, ideas, and words with others.

The truth is though that while I’m writing a story, I’m thinking of possibly getting it published. I’m thinking of it one day being on a shelf somewhere or online available for purchase. I mean, come on, it’s been a  dream of mine for a long time so of course I think about it!

The thing is though, that although there’s nothing wrong with hoping your story or poetry will get published, you still have to write it first and you still have to make it good enough to get it published. You have to find a way to concentrate on the writing process and do the best you can at that first. I’m not saying you can’t think about getting your story or other work published, I’m just saying that you have to learn to focus on your writing. After all, that’s the most essential part. You can’t publish a story without writing it well first.

Trust me, I know the impatience that comes with writing. I wanted to get Rest in Piece published so badly. I hated reading it a billion times and correcting my mistakes. It seemed to take forever! It was important to me though that I got rid of as many errors as I could and that I made the story as good as it could be. I didn’t want to publish a story that wasn’t good and the only way to make sure of that was to take my time! It may be hard, but it’s worth it!

So while you’re writing, try not to rush. Take your time writing and enjoy the process. When editing, keep in mind that although it can be frustrating, it’s worth the time and effort. If you want your story or other work to be amazing, you have to put in the time. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s the truth.

-B.W. Ginsburg

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