You’ve written the book, put it out there for the whole world to see. Now what? All those months of hard work seem to rise up in front of you, taking over every thought and action. Now you’re standing alone and empty, wondering how to fill the void you now feel after the weight you’ve been carrying so long has been lifted.
If you’re like me… and you probably are… you can’t seem to pull yourself away from the never ending desire to check for sales and reviews to roll in. Refresh… refresh. Your finger hovering over the keyboard, paused and ready. Hoping against hope that something new will be there when you check… this time.
Now, I’m not saying it’s bad to check. As an Indie author, we are also our own PR agents, marketing specialist, yada, yada… the list goes on. Yes, we must be on top of those things, but when your obsession with checking on all of these things borders on psychotic (who, me? No, no. I hide my face, obviously having been caught), then it’s time to step away from the internet. Peel yourself away and write.
The best thing a writer can do is write. The listing will still be there when you get back. Analytics will still be running for you, regardless of whether or not you are watching. So jump back into the saddle and move on. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your sales will come. Readers will eventually review. Until then, be productive. Move on and make more of what you love.
Today, I move on. Yes, I’d be lying if I said that I’m not going to peak on my stats again before I go to bed tonight, but I will reserve myself to checking after I’ve worked. It’s a big step, but it helps. Like the saying goes, ‘A watched pot never boils.’ Nothing could be more true. Don’t let it consume you. Be intentional and continue to allow yourself to grow- you will achieve great things.
How are you coming along in your writing journey?