Tonight I stopped in at the nearest B&N for what I like to call Remember The Goal therapy.
Because it’s very easy to get distracted, and forget why I am doing this — to forget why I spend so much time researching craft and reading blogs by other writers and pounding out prose at odd hours of both morning and night, week after month after year.
Sometimes, I just have to go stand there in the midst of the paperback aisles, soaking up the Writers’ Æther. I just have to browse the shelves and pick up the glossy, perfect-bound volumes, looking at the titles and the names and think quietly, as if reciting liturgy: it’s not impossible if I just keep working at it.
Take Larry Correia for instance. Very entertaining and jovial gentleman. I met him at CONduit this past spring. He did it all backwards, wound up self-publishing after a round of rejections from the houses, then wound up getting enough positive grass-roots attention for the self-published book that Baen picked him up. Now his debut novel, Monster Hunter International, is a rising hit at Amazon.com and is on store shelves across the country. Larry is getting knockout reviews and I won’t be surprised if MHI goes on to multiple printings, sequels, royalties, media and game tie-in deals, etc.
Why is Larry a break-out success? He never quit. He never let the rejections and the walls of industry erode his morale to the point that he threw up his hands and/or threw in the towel. He stuck with it, had some luck combined with a ton of hard work, and now he’s riding a building wave largely of his own devising.
Needless to say, I bought Larry’s book. Because I believe in supporting my local Utah peeps. Especially guys not too much further down the trail than me, who can use all the support they can get.
I also took the liberty of doing a little guerilla facing in the magazine section. Who the heck burried Realms of Fantasy back behind the boring lit mag crap? Get that sucker out in front! Where the beautiful art can shine and attract customers!
Anyway, I do this about once a month, on average. Go to the Big Brick store, wander for about an hour, and let it sink in: this can be me if I never give up and never give in. It’s not impossible. It just takes work. Lots and lots of work. And patience. And never quitting. Ever. Someday I can have my glossy-covered paperback on the Big Brick shelves, if I don’t let the negative voices in my head destroy my will to persist and learn. Also, everyone who is currently on those shelves, was me once. Larry Correia was me once: some guy with ideas in his head and the want to write them down and get them published and make some money along the way.
Thanks for some good Remember The Goal therapy, Larry. I hope MHI is as entertaining as everyone says it is. If the book is anything like your personality, I am sure it will be a romp.