Skip navigation
Currently Being Moderated

Don't burn yourself out

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Nov 9, 2016 5:44:19 AM


I get it. You want success now. You want to sell books by the truckload tomorrow. You want to wake up in the morning and find your name on a best sellers list. You will search the Internet far and wide looking for the magic marketing formula that will put you over the top. Your day job? In the rearview mirror. You want to be a full-time author, not just a weekend writer, a midnight scribe. You want writing to pay the bills.

Here's my advice. Slow down. I've seen too many writers burn themselves out trying to stay one step ahead of the game. Victories are more likely to come in the form of small steps rather than huge leaps in this industry. Your best course of action is to enjoy the journey and not focus on where you're headed. You will get there when you get there.

You are not in a competition with anyone but yourself. Remember that. We tend to look at other authors' successes and wonder, Why not me? Think of a book the same way you think of a viral video. There's usually no amount of manipulation that will force a video to go viral. It happens when the right material finds the right audience and strikes an emotional chord. The same is true with an indie book. It becomes a best seller when it finds the right audience and strikes an emotional chord. That emotional response is what creates a best seller. You can't make that happen.

Your best course of action is to keep writing, keep publishing, and keep your social media outreach in a constant state of growth. Oh, and above all, take pleasure in the journey. Don't burn yourself out trying to reach your destination.


-Richard Contributors/RidleyHeadshot_blog.jpg

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

You may also be interested in...




How to find success





16,292 Views Tags: book, writers, revisions, writing, drafts, social_media, writing_advice

Dec 22, 2016 12:37 PM StanDMan72    says:

I'm one of those people who would like to make much more money than I am; however, I do have a loyal fan base, even if it is a small fan base.  But I do have things that you can't buy...memories that make writing worthwhile, though yes, selling a million books would also be welcome.


On my first book, I recieved a letter from the Pope...It's only two sentences; but still, it's a letter from the Pope.  On the first book of my dragon series, I got a video of Sean Astin reading from my book.  Nichelle Nichols, who is reading my dragon series, gave me an autograph on which she stated my writing is great.  Then there is the other little things, like the little girl at an event who first asked if she could have a book mark, which is what they are for, giving out.  She then came back later and asked if I'd autograph it, which I was probably more thrilled she asked than she was that I did it...


I don't think I could say I'd trade these memories for lots of money...though I would have no problem including lots of money with the memories...

Dec 22, 2016 12:38 PM The_Oregonian    says:

Encouraging words; Thank You, Richard!

Dec 25, 2016 12:43 PM Timinator    says in response to StanDMan72:

This is always a good reminder. I recently released a new novel, which is getting great reviews, and the exposure is slowly growing. Most of my marketing time is via social media and I try to book one author live event a month. Then I spend the rest of my available time writing. While "instant" success would be nice, I don't count on it, and I don't waste time dwelling on how to do more. Just keep writing, keep producing your product, and the success will follow.

Jan 3, 2017 3:45 AM skywalker_brz    says:

Hi Richard,

Thanks for your peaceful kind words.

Specially the 'keep writing' part, because we forget what we love to do when we think what we 'must' do.

Cheers from Brazil!

Lucas Selbach

Mar 1, 2017 8:01 AM AuthorAKMorgan    says:

Thank you, Richard. Wise words. I always enjoy reading your articles and your tips, advice and thoughts help me a lot. You inspire many people a lot more than you realise.


Much appreciation from me from here in England in the UK.


Have a great week!