Blogger: Mary Keeley
Yesterday a PW Daily article reported that “adult book sales fell in the first half of 2016” compared to the same time period last year, 2.8 percent to be exact. Sounds like more discouraging news, doesn’t it. But as I read further into the article, not all book formats and segments were down. Way at the end of the article the writer commented that among other publishing categories, religion sales were up 10.4 percent. That is worth celebrating.
You can read the article here. The negative approach reminded me that it’s time to celebrate what is doing well. Writing is a life-long learning process. Just ask veteran authors and they will tell you. Call it the Writing-LLL course. I’m devoting today’s post to celebrating Christian writers.
I celebrate you writers, published and yet to be published, who have persevered seemingly endless winters of rejections, revisions, starting over, stalled careers, yet you continue marching forward because you are confident that if you persist in learning from them, spring will eventually arrive.
I celebrate you for writing and re-writing first drafts and receiving constructive feedback from contest judges and critique partners with a teachable spirit, because you’re all about improving your book. It’s good practice for the time an editor will expect that attitude from you. And then for digging into the second draft: the wordsmithing, the chopping, the smoothing, the polishing.
I celebrate writer critique partners who care enough about each other to be honest. Multiple sets of eyes catch things others miss while deep into their work. Iron sharpening iron.
I celebrate writers for persevering on the other bullet points of your author job description:
- Identify who your book-buying readers are because you know if you don’t get this right early on, you’ll pay in poor sales later.
- Explore social media to find out where your readers hang out; invest time to nurture author-reader relationships with them; and comment on author and industry blogs because you’ve learned it increases your name recognition and germinates relationships with new readers.
- Balance your writing time with growing your author platform.
- Keep up with trends in the industry through articles like the one above, author
Take a short break from your work today to celebrate the large and small successes you’ve had this year. Let it refresh your soul and your gratitude as we approach Thanksgiving next week.
Share a writing success or a career milestone, major or minor, that you have had this year. How do you celebrate your successes?
Christian writers, take time to celebrate each little success. Let it refresh your writing soul. Click to Tweet.
Make a list of your minor and major writing successes the year as you prepare for Thanksgiving. Click to Tweet.