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Tuesday Extra: Why I Shared My Surrender!

Hello My Happy People,

I noticed today there were a few typos and stutters in my blog yesterday (I fixed them), but it was just a symptom of my frustration level yesterday. With my neurological conditions, strong emotions can basically short circuit my brain for a while. I have no idea how yesterday's blog/vlog came off to each of you who took the time to read it and watch the video, but I wanted to explain why I shared my frustration.

I was not looking for sympathy or pity book sales (though I would not refuse those, I take what I can get and am thankful for them all) but I know I am not the only author out here who feels this way. I wanted to share to commiserate with my fellow authors who find themselves going through the same frustrations. It can be daunting at times being a fairly unknown author. I do not plan to give up and I hope sharing my frustrations and struggles helps other to not feel so alone in this and gives them the courage to keep trying too.

When I was younger, I always stuffed my feelings down and tried to always put on a brave face no matter how I felt. I never asked for help, I was the strong one, I could not only take care of me, but everyone around me too ... and that took a huge toll on me emotionally.

I have since learned how to let myself feel my feelings: frustrated, depressed, angry, happy, hopeful, sad, and everything else on the spectrum. The trick was not getting locked into any of them and letting them take over my life. It was a hard lesson for me to learn, but I have been so much happier since I started allowing myself to feel all of my emotions. I used to only allow myself to feel pleasant ones and would stuff down the unpleasant ones. Thoat doesn't work for long.

So yesterday, I let myself feel frustrated. I tried to look at exactly what it was that was frustrating me. I came up with a list.

I don't know:

1. where to find ARC readers to build a team for my books

  • The team would start out with this first historical fiction serial, but I hope they would want to carry over and read my other books coming out (autobiography and FBI profiler thriller) and well as preview the magazines as they are ready to publish online.

2. where to I target my marketing to better reach the clean reads, historical fiction market

3. where can I do book signings and marketing here in Germany to reach the local English book reading market

4. how to set things up now so there is not such a struggle with the new books coming next year?

5. how to do everything that needs to be done by myself since I have no budget to hire anyone and still have time to write my own books, spend time with my husband, keep up with housework, and sleep occasionally (okay so this last in is just me being a bit b*tchy, but it was part of my frustration yesterday so I left it. )

So there you have it. I know there are more than a few people who can identify with these things and often feel frustrated with their own careers from time to time. That is perfectly okay. Humans get frustrated. That is when you take a step back, reevaluate, and prepare for the next attempt to reach your goals. It may take several rounds of reevaluating and changing up your marketing plans before you find what works well for you. It can suck, but it's worth the effort and each step will get you closer to your goals and give you more information to build on. By the time your reach your goals, you will have a very solid foundation of information to stand on.

So if you are feeling frustrated today, go ahead and feel it. It's a normal human emotion. Just don't stay there. Figure out what is frustrating you, make a plan, and try again. And maybe have a cookie for not giving up on yourself!

Don't forget ...

More updates are coming on the new Book Banter Magazine coming Oct. 1st, 2023. We will have loads of mystery, thriller, scifi, horror, and anything that goes bump in the night kind of books for children and adults in this premier issue to celebrate our favorite holiday, Halloween!

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Enjoy and have a great week people!


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