What If No One Reads What You Write?

Writing is not for the faint of heart. It can be a lonely existence. Perhaps the biggest fear of a writer is that no one will read what you write. What if you write and publish a novel that nobody reads? Are you a writer if no one reads what you write? Do we simply write for the sake of others reading what we write? Sounds a little self-serving doesn’t it? It can also be a humbling experience as well.

I recently self-published my third book. After over two years of writing, editing and trying to find an agent (unsuccessfully), I put my novel out into the ebook universe. The book sales haven’t exactly rolled in and I still have to work my day job. To date I have only sold ONE book. ONE. Nothing to brag about. Talk about humbling. I guess one is better than none. I don’t know who that one person is but they did give it five stars.

I also paid $250 for advertising for another book and now I wish I had that $250 back. That advertising campaign netted ONE book sale. Does one or two books sales make me a failure as a writer? It depends on perspective and expectations.

So why do I write? I have asked myself that question many times when I get a little down about the results. But then I realize I keep writing and I can seem to stop. It’s just something I do. I am hooked. Addicted.

I am a writer because I write.

It certainly isn’t for the fame and fortune because that hasn’t happened and the reality is that it isn’t likely to happen. Most writers have the fantasy of hitting it big. Publishing a bestseller. Quitting their day jobs for writing books. When you are a writer, you have to manage your expectations. If you don’t, you WILL be disappointed. In order to manage your expectations, you have to constantly adjust your writing to meet those expectations.

I have come to the conclusion that I will no longer write anymore books. Writing novels is a long, grueling process. If no one is going to read it then why put myself through it? I have some drafts of other novels and outlines of others but I doubt that I will publish them. I think it’s time to focus on other writing that isn’t so grueling such as blogs, short stories and shorter projects. Again, it’s part of managing your expectations.

Being a writer means you write. You do it because you feel that you must do it. Writers take a leap of faith when they write. Writing will either be read or it won’t. That’s the risk we take.

Maybe the reason I write is because I am an introvert. I don’t say much in person so the words on a screen or a page does a better job of expressing my thoughts. My voice is usually not heard or silent so writing is probably my voice.

So I write. Sometimes for others but mostly for me.

“I write because one day I will be gone, but what I believed and felt will live on.” Shannon L. Alder

Government Shutdown Book Sale

Although writing is mostly a “hobby” for me, I am directly affected by the Government shutdown so without a paycheck from my day job, I am promoting my books today with a sale.  Today all of my books are on sale as well as my last book “Passing Toward The Prize” is currently discounted.  If you would like to support me and get something in return for it, please click on one of the book links to purchase one of my books.

“Passing Toward The Prize” is a good book for church groups to read.  It has a very realistic story and deals with today’s issues faced by teens.  I would encourage pastors to purchase several for their congregation.

Any support you can provide would be appreciated.

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Coach Turner leaned forward and looked directly at Colton.

“Look here Preston. You have to decide if you are going to be a leader or a quitter. A leader FINDS a way to lead. A quitter doesn’t bother to try. It’s easy to quit. Don’t pick the easy way.”

This is not the way Colton thought his high school football days would turn out for him. He is in the Class of ’82 at Tompkins County High School in the small town of Tompkinsville, Georgia. His father moves them to a new church in Savannah, Georgia. He misses his friends and his girlfriend, Belle, who are now hundreds of miles away. Colton also finds himself on a football team that clearly does not want him there.

Starting over and dealing with these changes are difficult for any age but for a 15-year-old preacher’s kid, it adds to the challenges he faces. He is not immune to the consequences of sin and the need for forgiveness. Colton will have to trust God that all things will work together for good.

If you loved “Facing the Giants” and “Remember the Titans” you will root for Colton Preston.

Paperback:  $9.99  Kindle Edition:  $4.99

Click here to purchase Passing Toward The Prize

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A princess needs to be rescued.
A knight needs to have his confidence restored.
A kingdom to be united.
The harmony of the three kingdoms of Alphania, Memphilla and Winthrop are threatened by the evil Aldair who is driven by his lust for power and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
The land needs a hero.
A mysterious dragon holds the key that will dramatically change life for everyone.
Knight of Redemption is a medieval, action romance that will take you through the adventures of Cashton and Crystaline. Cashton, a former knight from Alphania, fled when Aldair seized power of the kingdom. Cashton is pressed into action when Crystaline is captured. He must choose to be the hero he was destined to be and rescue Crystaline from Aldair as well as confront a dragon. Will his confidence be shattered or will love restore him to the man he always wanted to be?

Paperback:  $9.99  Kindle Edition:  $2.99

Click here to purchase Knight of Redemption

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Gideon Force is an elite tactical unit led by Commander Gabriel Morrison called to help missionaries around the world by rescuing them from persecution they face from radical groups and governments. The unit is equipped with a futuristic military-style armada to assist them in their mission. Members of the Force are hand-picked by God to serve their fellow man in protecting those who are called to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Kindle Edition Only:  99 cents

Click here to purchase Gideon Force