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Fighting Disappointment, and Moving On…

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Folks, I’ve written about disappointment before. (Many times, in fact, with my most recent example being here.) But it seems to be a good time to write about it again, and I have a different take on it…so why not?

I have known some other authors besides myself to have intense struggles getting their work before the public. They’ve put their books out there, and gotten no response at all. They’ve slaved over their creations, taken care of the edits, the book covers, tried to get reviewers interested, all that…and still, nothing happened.

Some of success is being in the right place at the right time. I know one author rather well — Loren K. Jones — who put out several novels in late 2009 and early 2010. None of them did much. He was, I believe, extremely frustrated at the time, and thought no one cared about his writing.

Fast-forward to 2018.

Now, Loren has a thriving career as a novelist. He has ten books out, with more on the way. His six books in the “Stavin DragonBlessed” series did exceptionally well, and put him on the map as a fantasy novelist. (Don’t believe me? Go read ALL THAT GLITTERS for yourself; it’s only ninety-nine cents for the e-book version.)

Loren’s not the only one I know who’s had this sort of thing happen, but he’s possibly the best example right now.

So why am I talking about him, when the theme is disappointment? Well, sometimes you have to learn how to roll with the punches, keep your chin up, and keep trying.

That is what Loren did.

It’s what I’m trying to do, too.

Do your best to fight on, no matter what odds you face. Believe in yourself, and your dreams. Work hard, learn much, and keep fighting.

Sometimes, that is literally all you can do. (Because you can’t control the market. You can only control yourself.)


Written by Barb Caffrey

September 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm

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  1. Hi Barb.
    Oh the trials and the tribulations of the Author, I can relate to them!
    So my own journey started out maybe 25 years ago…….
    And I am still beginning.
    Still as long as a writer keeps on writing and writing and as long as they are putting the work ‘out there’, they and their work ‘belong to the ages’.
    Some time, somewhere and somewhen the words will reach someone.

    Woebegone but Hopeful

    September 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    • Good thoughts, Roger! I love ’em, and will take ’em to heart.

      And yes, we can all use Loren’s journey as an object lesson, can’t we? (As one of my mentors once told me, “It takes many years to become an ‘overnight success.'”)

      Barb Caffrey

      September 3, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      • Very true Barb.
        I’m in for the ‘The Long Name’……My grandchildren will clean up when my works are discovered by future generations! 😃

        Woebegone but Hopeful

        September 4, 2018 at 2:40 am

      • 😀 It worked for musician and composer Charles Ives, and to an extent it worked for Jane Austen’s heirs…so why not? 😉

        Barb Caffrey

        September 6, 2018 at 12:55 am

      • ‘Yep’! 😃

        Woebegone but Hopeful

        September 6, 2018 at 2:57 am

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