Yesterday I posted this quote from Ecclesiastes 7:
“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”
I gave one lesson from it for indie authors. Here’s the link to Lesson 1 from yesterday: HERE!
Lesson 2 for Indie Authors: Patience is better than pride.
Oh my. If there is ever a group of anxious people who need to learn to practice patience, it’s indie authors. If there is ever a group people who are prone to pride, it’s indie authors.
Let’s tackle the pride first. Pride, of course, isn’t all bad. It’s fine to pat oneself on the back when a book is finished or if one receives a great review. But the unhealthy pride can jump up and bite you pretty quickly if you are left closed off to criticism and suggestion. And this comes with the territory. After all, we aren’t called independent authors for no reason. We are fiercely individualistic, are confident in our skills, and know exactly the type of story we want to tell. But without proper input from others, we can easily lose sight of the bigger picture. We can turn off readers and put off reviewers with a prideful attitude. If everything is always about ME-ME-ME, it can get tiring pretty quickly. This is the sharp two-edged sword of promotion. An indie author must wield it skillfully, inflicting the least amount of annoyance onto readers while trying to get the message of your book across. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s extremely difficult. I struggle with this a lot. I hate the promotional aspect of selling books, but I understand how important the presence on social media is and how one has to put oneself out there in front of readers if one ever wants to be discovered. It can build one’s pride to unhealthy levels.
And this is where patience comes in. Patience is probably the virtue most needed by indie authors. Writing and publishing is most definitely a marathon, not a sprint. If success is ever achieved, it will happen in the long term, not as an immediate flash in the pan.
When do indie authors need patience?
When waiting for someone to review their book.
When waiting for the next sale.
When waiting for the next promotion to roll along.
When waiting for the next writing period.
In other words, indie authors need patience at all times.
Now I have to figure out a way to minimize the pride and increase my level of patience. I’ll let you know if it works.