Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Tuesday Tumbling Term ~ Downside
1. the lower or underneath side.
2. a downward trend, esp. in stock prices.
3. a discouraging or negative aspect.
This week I have been talking about the down side of the roller coaster. If you've read my blog for any length of time, you've heard my reference to life being a roller coaster and I believe it!
On Monday Mailbox, I had an email from a reader of my books and my blog which basically said I was upbeat. My reply was that it isn't always so and it's true. Of life's roller coaster, I prefer the old wooden type with ups and downs, and slight twists. But often I get the modern metal variety with major loop-de-loops. Indie writing and publishing is no different.
As an author over the past year, and it's just a couple weeks shy of a year, I've suffered several major setbacks to my indie author career. It started out with so much promise, the upward trek of the roller coaster. It was clicking its way to the top with publications, marketing, and getting its way to the top. More manuscripts were being completed and I was on my way to being the multi genre/published author I wanted to be.
By year two, I was well on my way to publishing books two and three in multiple categories. I was becoming the prolific author I knew I could be. As you may have read, that's the way to garner notoriety and notice from readers. I had a 5-year plan so little dips didn't matter.
I rode out the first two years with all their little dips and and major climbs. In my mind, I was a success even with months of lack-lustered sales. I was focused on producing and getting the word out, "Hey, I'm an author. I'm the next greatest thing to sliced bread." Even though I was a small fish in an ever exploding pond of indie authors. I was coasting at the top of the roller coaster.
A couple months of an 80% decrease in royalties in the hopes of getting more after the reformatted version. It seemed like a logical choice. A small price to pay for the probability of higher sales numbers and future readers. A small price to pay in the grand scheme of things to come. Hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20.
So where are you on the writing roller coaster? On the high climbing side? The downside of editing? The downside of lackluster sales? The god awful spiral? Or coasting into the stop and ready to begin again?
Keep writing and loving the Lord.