(day 21 abc)
There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard. – C.J. Walker
Truly an inspirational quote to live by! Everything in life takes work of some kind. Even if it seems to come naturally, it still requires work and effort (maybe just not as much). Energy is exerted when you learn how to walk, how to talk, how to socialize with other children. You work in school to do the homework, get the grades, minimize the teasing as much as possible. It takes effort to find a job, excell in the job, keep from getting fired from that job. You work to find a spouse, woo that spouse, cherish that spouse, raise a family with that spouse (it might not feel like work, but it does take some effort). EVERYTHING you do in life.
Well, selling your handmade crafts is certainly no different (this is also equally applicable to publishing your own book). You work at it. You make your craft (write your book), list is/set it up (edit), market it, always working to better your advertising strategies and create more crafts (books) to sell.
I was doing some research on blogging yesterday evening and I came across this picture of a graph. Eighteen months into the blog (of posting regularly), on average, that blog is going to be seeing maybe 10-20 readers every week. It isn’t until the blog hits the 2 year mark, or even the 3 year mark, that it really starts getting followers and viewers and active commenters. What struck me, was the caption that went with the graph. “Most people quit at 18 months and never see the 2 years”.
I encourage you to keep working at it. Even when everything feels like it is crashing down, and it’s not going anywhere. You’ve done the writing and the editing and are struggling to find a publisher…or you can’t seem to sell enough copies to even make a profit. Maybe you’ve created your craft until your hands are numb, listed and listed and listed, but having trouble really hitting your stride and earning an income. Do *NOT* quit. If you quit now, then you will have spent all the time, hard work, energy, stress, into something that has amounted into nothing. If you keep going, yes, you might be in for several more months of struggling, but you will get there. And just think of how proud of yourself you will be. And that story of success that you can pass on to others.
Keep on keeping on! It is definitely NOT a flower-strewn straight path that leads to success, there will be an abundance of rocks, curves, forks, and even stop signs along the way. Do you know how stop signs work? They only stop you *TEMPORARILY* so you can check to make sure that the road is clear. If it isn’t, you merely wait a few seconds longer and then you can rev your engines and soar away.