Do You Think You're a Failure As a Writer?

Do you think you're a failure as a writer because your book isn't selling the way you thought it would?   

Are you afraid to write another book because you think that no one will read it and you'll be looked upon as a failure? 

To further your misery, you may look at well-known independent authors and believe these authors started out as a big success. And, you wonder what's wrong with you. 

If you take a closer look at these indie authors, however, you will learn about the hundreds of times these authors experienced failure before they became successful. 

So, if you’ve previously written a book that only had a few sales, take time to determine what didn’t work so well, whether readers didn’t connect to the story or whether you weren’t quite sure how to market your book. 

If something you tried didn’t work, that is no reason to give up on plans to write another book. Use this as a road map to re-evaluate what went wrong and re-adjust and start over again.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Sometimes you may need help, especially if you don’t know why what you previously wrote did not connect with readers. If this is the case, it may be beneficial to seek help from an established indie author or a professional self-publisher who can evaluate what you are doing and help you to get back on track. 

While a professional may charge you, it is certainly worth it if they can produce results for you. However, you will only see results if you make the recommended changes.

If you decide to try everything on your own again, make sure you research what successful authors have done and how they handled their failures. 

Failure Has Its Benefits

One of the side benefits of failure is showing persistence. By continuing to write even though you feel like a failure, it is hard to imagine that you won’t eventually succeed. After all, successful writers use failure as a learning tool. In doing this, they constantly continue to improve.

So, take heart. You may face setbacks at times. But, as President Theodore Roosevelt  once said, “Nothing worth having comes easy.”

Just remember that by keeping focused on what you are trying to accomplish—writing your book— and continuing to implement what works and discard what doesn’t, you are well on your way to becoming a successful author.

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