As the Boy Scout motto states, "Be Prepared". This is key in every aspect in life. Even though we can't actually be ready for everything, we can prepare ourselves as best as possible.
For those of you who are up and coming authors, like me, you need to realize that you need to be ready for questions of any kind within situations you never thought you were going to be in. Some of my fondest and most intimidating moments of all time have been when people have randomly walked up to me at conventions and asked for advice about writing.
The reason this was intimidating is because I am still learning and when you only have a couple of books out, you're not the wisest author in the world, you're still working. But, what you can do is lend whatever wisdom you have gained over your short period of time and give it to those in need.
I am an independent author, meaning I:
Now, for those of you who are looking for simple answers and easy sales, you need to realize that when you had your book over to others to read, you are stating that you are willing to take whatever feedback they give you.
I have now spoken with readers who love my books and others who were kind enough to tell me that they wouldn't force anyone to read them. It's pretty funny, but after about ten such comments, you gain a thick skin and then you won't care about the negativity.
But, once more, be prepared. Good and bad, you must be prepared.
Even though readers believe that you write for them, authors first and foremost write for themselves. I write my books in a manner that pleases me. My stories make me laugh, make me made, make me feel more awkward, and give me confidence. The fact that others love it makes it so much sweeter. We, as authors, know our characters far better than anyone else, because they are part of us.
We must be prepared to introduce new portions of ourselves into these stories, and we must be prepared to say goodbye to characters or pieces of use that are no longer there or needed.
As I continue to work on my books, I do ask whether or not a reader will like this, but I am more interested in whether or not I like this. Am I prepared to send it into the world as it is, or should I hide it away with so many other stories.
Drawing closer to the release of "Broken Treaty", I have worries following up "A Campfire Nightmare", just because it's a sequel. There are parts where I worry that readers might not understand where I am going or why I chose certain names. But, on the other hand, I can not wait, I can not stop the story, and I am proud of where Jimmy, Kylee, and Michael are going.
I am prepared to show you more of me. I am prepared to extend my reach into states who have not heard of me yet. And I am prepared to rise up and help those authors who need help or advice.
Being prepared is a life motto all must be willing to follow.
I can't wait to see all of you again. September is going to be so busy for me, and I am so happy and excited for it.
You can't be ready for everything, but prepare yourself as best as possible.
Do not fear negative comments, revel in the light of compliments.