Stay open and let the creativity flow
I've seen many great authors quit because of lack of sales, disillusionment about the publishing industry, bullied by Internet trolls, and sometimes even bullied by other authors. The secret to success in this business is persistence without resistance--meaning, stay focused and go with the flow.
Keep your heart open because, even if you've been betrayed or disappointed, you never know what that next networking group may offer or what opportunity that next conference will bring.
Learn to not take anything personal. If someone is nasty to you (there are many divas in this business), realize that their energy is their problem. Maybe they've had a bad day or their dog died or maybe they are simply bitter human beings--so what? The moment you take any negative comment from anyone personally, you've given them power of you. In the writing industry, that will be your death sentence.
Have the moxie to keep getting back up and remaining in the game no matter what the odds or how low your bank account may be. Guess who wins? The one who fights to the finish line. If you want to make a name for yourself, you will if you keep on writing and learning and adapting and never surrendering to self-doubt.
Stand up for yourself--always. This may seem to contradict the "don't take it personal" paragraph, but it doesn't. What are your writing goals this year? Go out and get them then. Let no one stop you. Stand up to your relative who's telling you that you'll never make it. Stand up to that magazine editor you're scared of approaching because he/she "seems" intimidating--prove you deserve a shot. Stand up and go to the independent book sellers in your area and ask for shelf space. Stand up for yourself when self-doubt starts whispering its hateful rhetoric. STAND UP!
Most importantly, stay kind and open to the opportunities waiting just around the corner. People like working with nice people--that's what makes them return for repeat business. If you close yourself off from networking because of some previous bad experiences, you are effectively shutting off the flow of your career.
I know working solo can be challenging, but opportunities for connecting with peers and potential clients/readers are everywhere if you stay open to them.
Amber Lea Easton
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published author of nonfiction, thrillers, and romantic suspense. A professional editor and freelance journalist for nearly two decades, she created Mountain Moxie Publishing Services to assist authors in mastering the writing craft. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to spreading suicide awareness, has topped international best selling charts, and has been named by Dr. Prem as fourth on the "Ten Most Inspiring True Stories Everyone Must Read" list. Easton is also a speaker regarding parenting through trauma and suicide awareness. To discover more about Mountain Moxie Publishing Services, please go to http://www.moxiegirlwriting.com. For a list of all of Easton's books, articles and interviews, go to http://www.amberleaeaston.com.