I love reading, I love writing, and I always do my best to write what I would love to read. When you have the guts to submit your work, your work, something that you created yourself, and get accepted it feels amazing.
I love working with publishers because it bolsters my confidence. It means that someone in the industry believes in what I have written. I’ve done this a couple of times so I know what’s next. The book comes out and you sit and wait for reviews.
By the Stars came out less than a week ago, so I’ve been torturing myself by checking stats everyday. The reviews have been good so far. But there’s always that one that grates on you.
The more I get published the tougher I have to be. Not everyone is an avid reader like me, not everyone relates to my characters, and not everyone understands what it means to truly suspend disbelief. You can’t please everyone. There will always be that one asshole out there who is looking to criticize as opposed to just enjoying a story.
Every writer who’s been in the game long enough will tell you this. Resilience and perseverance are necessities for writers. I try to always keep a positive attitude, it seems to help as well.
Not everyone will understand you or your writing, get over it and keep drafting new stories.