In case you missed the Mindsiege-is-early-post yesterday, Mindsiege eBook is now available at these retailers: AMAZON ◊ BARNES & NOBLE ◊ KOBO. I will let you know when Mindsiege is available on iTunes and in paperback.
To celebrate the launch of Mindsiege and my amazing readers whom I adore, I’m giving away a $100 gift card (Amazon or B&N, you choose) to one lucky winner, and a signed copy of Mindsiege (or Mindspeak if you wish) to two others. This giveaway is open to US residents only and you must be 14 or older to enter.
Good Monday morning. Remember last January when I told you my daughter’s cat bit me first thing the same morning Mindspeak went live on Amazon? Well, this morning, the morning Mindsiege went live on Amazon, she did something else strange, though not as cruel. With my eyes still three-quarters closed, I walked into the bathroom to find Olivia (aka Kee-poo) sitting in the middle of my bathtub staring up at me. She was just sitting there like it was something she did every day (which she doesn’t). My theory is she wanted to scare me. She knows my eyes don’t open past half-way until I’ve had my first cup of coffee, so she was waiting patiently to jump out of the bathtub and frighten me. Got any other theories to explain her wierdness?
In other news… MINDSIEGE IS LIVE ON AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE!!!!! It will be available on other sites soon, and I will announce those as it happens. Also, you can watch the Mindsiege page for those updates.
In other OTHER news, Mindspeak is on sale for $.99 for a very temporary time to celebrate the release of Mindsiege.
In other other OTHER news, I’m partying over at Jessica Patch’s place today. (Although I’m not sure she’s up yet, lazy. I’m totally kidding. She probably went to the gym at some hour that most normal people don’t do, putting us all to shame.) Check over there soon, because it’s kind of a surprise party to celebrate Mindsiege, and she’s told me NOTHING of what she has planned. She’s a little like my cat. She knows I don’t like surprises, yet she’d be the first to hide in my bathtub if she thought it would scare me.
Okay, this post just got weird.
Come back tomorrow. I’ve got a surprise of my own for all of you. Since tomorrow was supposed to be the official release of Mindsiege, I thought a HUGE GIVEAWAY was in order. So, don’t forget to stop by.
Until then, call in sick and enjoy this day reading Mindsiege. And don’t forget to leave a review when you’ve finished. I would love you forever and ever for it.
I am so scared… of many things, really… but the thing that scares me the most as I gear up for the launch of Mindsiege? REJECTION.
Or is that what I’m REALLY afraid of? Let’s explore.
Recently, I was compiling a list of questions I’m often asked for my brand-spanking new FAQ page when I came across the question: How many rejections did you receive before deciding to self-publish Mindspeak?
The short answer was… NONE. I chose not to query Mindspeak. I didn’t decide to self-publish because Mindspeak was rejected by agents and publishers, which is what I think this question means. I chose to avoid that rejection altogether with this particular novel.
But I’ve received plenty of rejection, and will continue to do so. It’s simply a part of a writer’s life. Rejection comes in many forms, and no writer is immune to it or to the havoc it can wreak if you let it.
Rejection comes to writers from the following sources (some I have first-hand knowledge of):
1. Readers who don’t like our story or writing.
Every reader receives unfavorable reviews. Bad reviews feel a lot like rejection. They hurt. And any writer who says that bad reviews don’t affect them negatively is either lying, or that writer has some super mind power I’ve not thought of yet. (And I’ve thought of many. #Mindspeak #Mindsiege)
2. Friends who tell you they read your book, then follow it with an awkward silence. Ouch! Feels very much like rejection, whether it was intended that way or not. (Writers are very sensitive people. We all say we want thick skin, but…)
3. Book bloggers who ignore your email request for a review or flat-out reject you.
Book bloggers are amazing and so unbelievably supportive of ALL authors just by taking the time to read and review books. But we all know book bloggers are busy, they have a certain type of book they want to read, and there’s only so much time in a day. When a book blogger doesn’t choose your book, it can feel like rejection. Again, if you let it.
By the way… If you are a book blogger who might be interested in reading Mindsiege (or Mindspeak, the first in the series) in exchange for an honest review, I’d love to hear from you. CLICK HERE.
4. Agents, publishers, and other publishing peeps. Yes, this group of people can definitely reject us. Enough said. It’s not personal, it’s… whatever… It feels personal.
Mindsiege releases next week. In many ways, I’m so unbelievably ready for you to read this story. I love this story that is filled with Lexi and Jack and another character I hope you enjoy. But I’m also terrified.
So, how do we handle the overwhelming feelings of being rejected? Repeat after me.
1. It’s not me, it’s them. (They’re too busy. They weren’t in the mood for that type of book at the time you sent it. They already have a client writing something too similar. They don’t know good literature when they see it. )
2. That reader who hated my novel is obviously not in my target audience. And that’s okay. If you know your target audience well, you know that not everybody is in it. Sometimes, our books make it into the wrong hands.
3. That friend who was silent after reading my novel obviously doesn’t understand my brilliance.
When I think about how scared I am to release Mindsiege next week, I also think about the fear I used to feel when I thought I might not ever publish. The fear that an agent or a publisher might not ever give me a chance. The fear that no one other than my husband and a few select friends might ever read my stories. So, while I’m terrified of rejection, the fear of not publishing another story propels me to push forward. Because if I don’t publish this story that I’ve written and polished, I might not dive into another story that is begging to be written. And if our goal is to reach an audience, we’re definitely not going to reach those readers if the books remain under our beds. Right?
We just gotta put ourselves out there. We must decide: Are we more afraid of being rejected, or are we more afraid of never getting the chance to be read? Because one of those we can control, and one of those we cannot.
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The key to this quote is “work.” Many people have talent, some more than others, but the ones who succeed in their art or vocation are the ones who are willing to work for it and persevere through the tough times. Those who continue to succeed are ones willing to work to get better. I believe that our learning is never complete. There are always additional ways we can improve on the talent gifted to us, we just have to work for it.
What are you doing to improve on your talent today? What do you think’s more important: talent or hard work?
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