“We can secure other people’s approval if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that. – Mark Twain
When you finish the story, please leave a comment and tell me the title of your book and how we can find it. If you’ve got a friend you believe in, share the love and let them see your support.
Is your book good enough?
Have you ever spent hours, days, even months writing a book that you thought was incredible? Did you pour your heart into the story-line, the characters, and a twist or two that you thought were amazing? You did think it was amazing at one point did you not? Do you remember the times you got emotional writing it and the hair on your neck stood on end? The point where you said to yourself, “this is good” and you could no longer type fast enough to keep up with your thoughts.
Nothing has changed. The initial value that you knew was in your book hasn’t gone anywhere. If you’ve started to doubt any of that you’re just asking the wrong questions.
So who in this world is allowed to give value to something? The answer is simple, you are.
The day I turned 21 years old I was living in a tent in the middle of the desert in Afghanistan. The group of guys that shared that tent with me were my very best friends. There was one man on my team that clearly lived in his own world. I admired it. During the course of our friendship I learned something very important – Each person has their own ability, their own right to give something value.
“All day I go to the gym.”
“All day I eat the cookies.”
“All day I read this book.”
“All day I ……”
Insert whatever you want into the sentence but my man made up this line with the words “all day” right in the front and used it everywhere he went. It’s been over a decade now since he started this and guess what? I still remember it. It caught on then and circulated among our crew. It became a part of us. I remember almost everyone on the team using it at one point or another.
You know what made this simple statement spread? It was the unapologetic way that its creator delivered the line. He wasn’t saying it for everyone else. To him, it meant something. It was his creation. It was his and he breathed value into it everyday.
When you decide something in your life is valuable, you don’t change your opinion because someone else doesn’t agree. No one gets to decide what you breathe value into except you. So your book was awesome and nothing has changed. It is valuable to you and if that’s the case, there are likely enough other people in the world that would agree. But, you have to find them. You can’t give up on it. You have to KNOW that what you have created maintains its value and walk through the world like a boss letting others know until you find an outlet for it; until you find the people in your tribe that are looking for just that book.
So, don’t be persuaded by people who didn’t love your book. Books are like songs, pizza, and flip flops- everyone has their own style, their own flavor, their own rhythm. You just need to find the people that value your style and they’re out there.
It’s your journey. It’s your thing. Pick it up, get back out there and talk about it, sell it, live it.
If you have a book you’re proud of, then please leave a comment and tell us how to find it. What are your struggles with your book? How did you find your audience? What advice do you have for other aspiring writers?