Celebrate the Small Stuff!

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Yay! You’re published! Now you just sit back and wait for the moneyΒ to come in, right? Wrong.

The very first thing I learned about having a book on the market is that I am ONE author in MILLIONS. Getting my books seen, reviewed and (one can dream) bought, is extremely hard and very discouraging. I’ll admit to trolling Amazon a couple of times a day — more if I have a new release — to check out my sales rank on a particular title. And really, the only purpose this serves is to depress me even more. So don’t do it, right? Easier said than done.

But one thing I find that gets me through the hard times (and there are a lot of hard times) is to celebrate all the small things. Successes, milestones, new things tried — there are more than we realize.

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I celebrate a new person that “likes” me on Facebook. I celebrate sending out my first newsletter, and the fact that I figured it out all by myself. I danced myself silly the first time I got a letter in the mail – an honest to goodness fan letter. And then the first one that I discovered in my in box.

When I guest blog on another author’s site and it generates a lot of comments – celebratory moment. When I update my website (OMG, I hate doing that!) and everything finally lines up correctly, that is a celebrate-with-chocolate moment. When I then learn that a friend of a friend of a friend was gushing about following said website? Swoon!

This past week I was in the dumps about sales on my recent new release. I guess January is NOT an ideal month to have a new book out. So I am trying new things, distracting myself with Twitter and experimenting with new hashtags. Lo and behold, I was followed by Starbucks. Much happy dancing and ignoring of sales ranks ensued.

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Some days it’s enough to celebrate that I got my word count in. Right now it looks like I’ll be submitting my latest book to my publisher at least two weeks ahead of my deadline. MAJOR celebrating there! Celebrating author accomplishments does not have to mean sales. Heck, I was thrilled just to receive a W-2 this year — something that I didn’t get with all $25 I made the year before. πŸ˜‰

It’s the little things that make us happy. And there are WAY more little things than the built up big things we stick so much importance on.

So celebrate the little things. Eat chocolate. Dance in your underwear and sing into your hairbrush. And tell the rest of us about what you’re celebrating so we can join in with you.

About Jennifer DeCuir

I write small town contemporary romance for Crimson Romance. Busy mom of two, I live for (or is it on?) coffee and chocolate.
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12 Responses to Celebrate the Small Stuff!

  1. You are so right. Trolling Amazon and novel rank really is depressing. I find self-promotion and trying to get reviews the hardest thing to do. Congrats on the new release. I’m looking forward to reading it. Good luck with the new sub too.

  2. Angela Smith says:

    Marketing and promo is so tough, and it’s hard to avoid the Amazon trolling. But celebrating the little things is important! Thanks for the reminder! (And congrats on Starbucks following you!)

  3. i so agree. I just celebrated my revisions getting the thumbs up. I believe in celebrating the “right now” good thing. I eat cake!

  4. The writing business is not for sissies. Thanks for reminding me there are many good things that can come from being a writer, even if sales are modest. One of the greatest benefits I’ve had is getting to know some wonderful fellow authors – you included. Keep on plugging away, Jenn. And pass some of that chocolate to me. πŸ™‚

  5. You called it true – it’s a tough business but when the passion is in your heart, you have to write. Awesome.

  6. joanna lloyd says:

    What a good reminder to celebrate the small things, Jennifer, because when you put them all together, they are the main thing! Sorry if I’ve interrupted the cake and choc fest πŸ™‚

  7. Great reminder, Jennifer. I too had those dreams of what I thought happened to the elite ‘published author’. And like you, reality set in real quick. Writing is hard, grueling work. But even with the lack of $$$, the promotional hell we all have to go through, I still celebrate the writing. I just love losing myself into my character’s world, bringing my hero and heroine to their happy-ever-after. I celebrate every finish scene, one after the other until I have to type THE END. Then I have a little cry fest because I can’t believe its over.

  8. Cathy DuVall says:

    It’s me, Jennifer. What fun I had reading your humorous and interesting blog. I had a not so fun morning going on and you lifted me right out of my funk. Thank you and keep up the good work.
    Love to the DeCuirs,
    Cathy

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