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Saturday, September 3, 2022

An Author Shouldn’t Shy Away From Being Unconventional

     I want to start off by saying that every failure a writer faces will bring him or her closer to victory. You can’t be afraid of failure because you’ll never grow if you don’t embrace each setback and learn from it. Flashback to 2005 when I was in the process of writing my first book about the decline of boys playing baseball in the neighborhood that I grew up in―I didn’t have a clue about the publishing game, nor did I know where to begin once I finished writing the book. I also didn’t know that I needed an agent to get past the gatekeepers of the publishing world and land a contract with one of the big five publishing houses in the U.S. (Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, and Macmillan). What I did know was that my writing wasn’t good enough to land a deal in the beginning―my first book was only fifty pages long. Nevertheless, I was willing to strike out on my own and fail repeatedly because I chalked up each roadblock as a learning experience.

Eccentric Man

A Writer Has to Be Stubborn Enough to Keep Pushing.

    Most of the people you know will tell you to give up or to stop wasting your time when you set out on your own to do something that doesn’t have a proven track record of success. Nobody could see my vision at first, but as I continued to press on, people like my wife, brother, and father could see that I wasn’t going to give up and offered a helping hand whenever they could. A writer must be willing to keep striving in the face of adversity and continue to grind without fanfare or profit. Fast forward fifteen years later―I began to see the fruits of my labor in 2019 and haven’t looked back since.

 There’s Nothing Wrong With Going Against the Grain.

    I remember being a part of the writing community on Twitter, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that 99% of the authors there were looking for a traditional publishing deal from the Big Five. And there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you’re an author like me who isn’t afraid to self-publish and run your own business, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Embrace the fact that you’re wired differently and that your approach is unconventional―I didn’t want a publishing company to determine my future because they weren’t willing to invest in my ideas, and I was obstinate enough to push forward in the midst of my frustration and setbacks.

    Every author has a different road to travel. Some will land the publishing contract that they worked exceptionally hard to achieve while others may have an even longer trek in self-publishing. No matter what obstacles you will face on your writing journey, you must have clear-cut goals and the perseverance to achieve your dreams.

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