I was reading a blog by a writer I really don’t like (Yeah, I know, WHY do I do that???) and he was being self-important for a moment (which is part of why I don’t like his blog) and he gave out some stats to bolster a point about why he can’t reply to every email or something.
I can understand that. If somebody has 42,000 Twitter followers and 17 novels, he’s a busy guy – and a celebrity, probably. He can’t reply to every piece of fan mail.
Is he so different from you and I though?
Maybe; maybe not.
He went on to throw out a stat about his blog, that it gets a million visitors every year or some such thing…
Hell, that’s impressive…
Anyway, I read all that stuff and I thought, wow, this dude is rocking it. He’s probably a millionaire and…
Hey, wait, I have 12,000 followers and I’m not a celebrity. If I triple that, which may very well happen over the next twelve months, I doubt I’ll be a celebrity then, either. How many do you have? They tend to accumulate if you’re social on social media. (Mine grew a lot when I figured that out…)
He has 17 novels. Respect. I have over a dozen books out. He has bestsellers. Those are hurdles. Most of my followers are struggling to get one book finished. It’s complicated. It’s difficult. But it starts with one. He started with one. So will you.
My books are translated into about a dozen languages, too. I don’t know about his. Probably.
He’s helpful to new authors, which is why I followed him, on the recommendation of a friend. Hopefully, this blog is helpful, to. He’s also terribly verbose, so I skim about 80% of his intended humor fluff to mine for the actual helpful point he’s buried. But that’s a style thing. I do that, too, sometimes. (Like right now.)
He outsells me, I’ll give him that. He may make more money than I do selling books because he sure acts like he does. But how would I know?
But I believe he’s successful.
He acts like it.
He’s more successful because he’s a better marketer than I am.
He owns that, too. He markets. A lot. He puts out the blog and the books and the replies and the Tweets. When I started doing that, I had a LOT LESS time for other stuff – like life!
Our discussion about sneaky marketing HERE
Until I get it figured out. Until it becomes a habit. Then it takes a LOT LESS TIME.
I’ll get there. So will you. If we just don’t quit.
I’m petty enough to admit that his success bothers me because he’s not that much more talented than I am. But he sure is outworking me. Shame on me for letting somebody outwork me. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and for years he sweated away at a job while writing in his “spare” time – sound familiar?
He wanted it more.
He got it.
He’s busting ass to keep it.
I gotta up my game.
I’m human. You’ll see that in these pages. You’ll read about my struggles and you’ll share my successes. AND I’LL SHARE YOURS. We’re in this together, and we ain’t quitting.
See my humanness HERE
UP YOUR GAME.
I know you can. I believe it enough for both of us.
When you’re tired
and the ideas aren’t flowing
and the shit is coming down so hard you need a hat,
I’m here for ya.
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