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Hey! It’s almost March!

Spring’s coming…the lawn is thawing out. Got the pruning done, and the house is getting cleaner. I should be able to open windows and doors soon, which means less time spent getting interrupted by the cats wanting to go in or out. LOL

Let me start by saying there’s a lot of really good authors out there. Both traditionally and self published. I never claimed to be the best author you’d ever read. But I can say my stories are well written, thought provoking, and entertaining.

And then there’s the crap that gets published and sells.

Don’t tell me not to be frustrated when my sales slump and the literary equivalent of toilet paper gets movie deals. Don’t tell me to stay happy and clap for the success of an author who’s so full of themselves that they make outrageous demands just to do a signing and meet readers.

Don’t tell me it’s not appropriate for me to want to punch a wall in frustration.

The battle for readers and reviews never stops. It’s a constant grind to put your books out in front of readers, to make them noticed above the crappy stuff. When you don’t have a huge (or any) marketing budget, it’s even harder. How can a new author survive the years it takes to build that reader base when it’s going against crap that has money?

They survive because they believe. In their stories, in their writing, in themselves. And they scream, vent, and gnash their teeth at the movie trailers.

Then they go home, open up a file, and get to work.

BB

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Good morning! Yes, it is still morning around this part of the world. For about another hour anyway.

There’s a misconception among new authors. And that is that it won’t take long before Hollywood takes note of your book and comes knocking on your door. Stop that thinking right now. It’s wrong. Hollywood doesn’t care about you or your book. They care about money, and making it.

That means they won’t even consider your book until you’re getting tons of sales. There isn’t an agent out there scouring Amazon for new book uploads. They’re looking for a book with a buzz. One that they’re seeing on the desks of their secretaries, in the hands of the prop master between scenes. They want a compelling story that sells.

Which means they won’t come calling two weeks after yours goes up for sale, wooing you with paychecks big enough to pay for your kids to go to college without student loan debt (how I wish this was true!). Unless you know people who are active within the film industry, are connected with producers and actors and screenwriters and agents, you have to wait.

You keep writing. You keep editing. You keep promoting. You keep working that day job that pays the bills. And you wait. It’s possible that you might get to walk the red carpet to a premiere of a film adaptation of your book one day, yes. But don’t expect it for years down the line. A decade or more, possibly. Or it may never happen.

Because, the harsh reality is they want a proven track record of generating revenue. When I barely earn enough in royalties a month to buy a latte, Peter Jackson’s not suddenly going to email me out of nowhere and say he wants to adapt ‘The Raven Chronicles’. It’s not going to happen.

So, get a grip. Stop expecting the world to begin to orbit around you and your book, and get back to work. No one said the work of an author stopped when the upload was complete.

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