Happy Almost St. Pat’s Day fellow scribblers!
How goes it out there as we approach end of Q1 2017?
Meeting your goals?
Did you set any?
Well, that’s not 100% true. I have one big one, and I keep working towards it. So far, it still remains elusive.
But otherwise, I’m going with a somewhat new philosophy for success: luck.
I don’t mean the sort that falls into your lap without any effort on your part. I mean, you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket every now and then, you know.
The universe and its grand design can’t know YOUR place in it unless you make an effort to show where that is—or where you’d like it to be.
“Luck” is a funny thing really. Like most esoteric or dare I say philosophic concepts, its meaning varies, depending on who you ask or (like me) what time of day you ask them. I’m sitting here at 5 a.m. on the Monday-after-daylight-savings-time-so-it’s-ACTUALLY-4- a.m. writing this and I’m feeling pretty good about my luck this week. But the day has really only barely begun, much less the week. Ask me again Wednesday and I might have a different response.
I’m not speaking of the sort of luck that you have finding the parking spot next to the grocery in a rainstorm, or the kind that throws a twenty-dollar bill on the sidewalk in front of you when you’re cash poor and jonesing for a venti latte.
I am talking about the luck that gets one of your books in front of that Influential Blogger, who then passes it on to the hot new publisher seeking exactly what you wrote. The luck that puts your manuscript in front of the agent whose TV streaming network client is dying for your Vegetarian Vampire meets and falls in love with Brain Eating Zombie treatment. The good fortune that nets you the Expensive Yet Fabulous One-Day Advertising Promo (that you then prop up with more ads because you’re savvy that way) and that one super important but as yet unknown to you person who reads your self-published book who just so happens to be the senior acquisitions editor for a New York publisher…
I think you follow me on what I mean when I say “luck.”
It can be a soul-crushing exercise, this job. You write your ever-loving guts out. Pour everything you have into what you honestly believe is The Next Great American Novel. But no one is willing to publish it for you. So you go the self-pub route and pay out of your pocket for solid editing, compelling cover art, and what’s left goes into a carefully planned and researched marketing scheme.
Then, you find out that the day you’ve chosen for your Big Novel Release Day is the same day a Super Celebrity Author with the Giant & Well-Funded Publishing Gimmick of the century decides to “secret release” something new. Even if it’s NOT something actually new but a rewrite of the GWFPG—your little book? Forget about it. And you know, if you blow your book release day, you might as well not have even bothered. Consider it more fodder that is the new slush pile on Amazon.
I used to think that—that it wasn’t even worth the sweat of my brow of the pain in my heart. Why even bother? Only the super celebrities and their big shot agents ever get the real breaks, right?
But the thing is, you can’t get your big break without having a manuscript out there to be discovered. And that manuscript had better NOT be your first draft. So, you have work to do.
Keep learning. Keep networking. Keep your chin up.
You can’t win anything if you don’t show up.
That Good Luck Fairy can’t find your book if it isn’t out there, polished within an inch of its life, and ready to be found.
P.S. Pro tip: Don’t drink green beer.
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.
My latest release TAPPED is doing its usual thing—some folks LOVE it and some don’t but everyone agrees—its chock full of white hot heat and realistic characters + BEER!
LIGHTSTRUCK (book 2) releases May 30.
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