One of the things I won’t ever do on my blog is to pretend that being an independent author is at all glamorous.
It takes tireless work, both on the creating/writing/editing side, as well as on the marketing/public relations/promotions side. It can be an exhausting adventure—and it is most definitely an adventure every single time—but you have to know this going into the endeavor. And never expect too much.
That said, you can imagine my surprise this morning, when I was already feeling down about where my next piece of writing is headed, to see the 5-star review for Little Milestones, a novel a published in October (as a follow-up to Inn Significant). I labored over that book, and to see the review this morning made me feel as if all my hard work has not been in vain. It was just what I needed this morning, as I came pretty close to scrapping the novel I’m currently working on.
You know what they say…sometimes, there’s “someone or something” looking out for you, even if you don’t know it.
It was just what I needed to find the strength to dig into my current project and take another crack at writing something worth reading.
Lesson learned: Keep going, even through the doubts.
Happy weekend, readers.
Stephanie Verni is Professor of Communication at Stevenson University. She is the author of 5 works of fiction and the co-author of one academic textbook on Event Planning. Her character-driven books are set in beautiful Maryland locations and examine the realities of the human heart. Connect with her on Instagram at stephanie.verni or on Twitter at @stephverni. Or, visit her Amazon page at Stephanie Verni, Author.