If You Ever Feel Discouraged

now upon a time

STEP 1. Go to a bookshop, or a library, or even look through a section on Amazon.

STEP 2. Look through the books that are similar to your book project. Just read the blurb.

STEP 3. After you are finished with shaking your head and thinking 90% of them sound like predictable/ boring / unbelievable / rehashed premises.

STEP 4. Think that through once more.

STEP 5. It’s encouraging isn’t it? The lack of originality. Distinctly average sounding blurbs, many indistinguishable from one another. And the good news? They all got published.

STEP 6. Few authors are literary geniuses. Genius author does not necessarily equal fun to read. Ultimately, a good story is all any reader is truly after.

STEP 7. Keep writing your book.


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20 thoughts on “If You Ever Feel Discouraged

  1. I have a section on my bookshelf of negative inspiration. Books so terrible that I can look at them and say, if this sh*t can make it, so can mine.

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  2. I needed that today.

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  3. Funny, how you illustrated something I have said and felt so often. I have seen so many bad movies and read so many predictable books, that it encourages me to continue my efforts because some literary agent will realize I have written something fresh.

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  4. Great tips. Another good thing to do is to look at how much exposure authors have on social media and then compare your sales rank to theirs. It can be enlightening.

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    1. Is there a direct correlation between followers and sales?


      1. I don’t think it’s as simple as that. I think it’s the quality of followers and getting buy-in from other bloggers with huge numbers following them. Chris the Story Reading Ape, and HarshReality have been wonderful among so many others.

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  5. mr sock monkey May 6, 2016 — 12:17 PM

    this just what Man need read today. he now in 5th revision of novel he write & torment self with thought it = complete rubbish.

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  6. Quite!! I know that my books contain better stories with far more originality than most of the best sellers, many of which are ‘writing by numbers’ and although my books don’t sell well, realising their merit keeps me writing.

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    1. Thats the way to look at it. Of course a lot of bestsellers are there by fortune in some shape or form, I see repeat bestsellers as the pop music equivalent, sometimes great, but often easy to digest and sugary without much substance.

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  7. Now that’s some encouragement. Your words come, just when I was feeling lost on trying to get back to write. Thanks Lion. 🙂

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  8. Good tips. I’ll use this.

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    1. Getting published really is 10% writing the book, and the rest a mix of fortune, literary agents and publishers.

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      1. Sheesh – 10%. If I was in the business of writing for a living that’d be discouraging

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      2. It s a bit of an exageration, but the graft of writing is superceded by the back end, the getting into print debacle. Of course theres e-books.

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