Self Published Authors: Why You Should Celebrate Yourself and Your Accomplishments
There is a very good reason why self published authors should take time to celebrate their accomplishments. In other words, don’t be afraid to give yourself praise. The main reason you should do this? Because dammit you deserve it!
Just this week, I finished writing One Bad Deed, a short story that I specifically created for Amazon Kindle short reads. I made it available so you can order it anytime during the pre-release period or on (and after) the April 10, 2017 official release date. I wanted to write something compelling, yet short and sweet. The end result was One Bad Deed (Leads to Another); not so short as I had planned, and definitely anything but sweet.
One Bad Deed is a shocking suspense thriller that moves at a fast and steady pace. The book blurb I created for the story reads as follows:
Have you ever read a story where someone is having a bad day? Well in this story, everybody’s having one. It’s robbery, assault, and murder, when one bad deed continues to lead to another. If ever there was such a thing as bad karma, this story is a darn good example.
The whole thing starts when Jennifer’s plans for a romantic evening with Brian are all shot to hell. She has to go to work. So, Brian goes out to a bar, where he ends up meeting Sophia. After that, the rest of the events of the night connect like dots in a twisted game of dominoes, and eventually, they all fall down. In a final reveal at the very end, you discover what spun things out of control to begin with.
This suspense thriller is a short read that quickly climaxes to a shocking conclusion with a number of interesting twists. <><><>
Productivity & Motivation
Celebrating your writing related accomplishments have a barring on your future productivity and motivation. For example, I’m extremely pumped and ready to get to the next writing project. Not only am I happy at having completed writing my Amazon Kindle short read in less than a month, but I’m actually proud of the end result. That is why I made a point to do a little more than pat myself on the back. When you take the time to acknowledge your accomplishments, it helps to validate you and your writing, even if no one else will. As writers and authors, we should never underestimate the importance of that. Self validation should come first, and the rest will follow.
In addition to my latest Amazon Kindle short read, I have also self published a number of nonfiction e-books, plus my current two novels: Skipping Childhood, and Experimenting With Murder. During the times that I failed to celebrate my accomplishments after a book release, I noticed that my productivity and enthusiasm began to decrease. This prevented me from being able to experience the full joy of my achievement. In those instances, it took a while before I became motivated enough to start another writing project. I made excuses to myself for why I was doing any and everything but writing.
By contrast, when I published other titles and actually took time to acknowledge and celebrate those accomplishments, the results were a lot different. I thought of substantial ways to reward myself, such as buying or doing something special to mark the occasion. I recommend that other writers and authors do the same. Treat this the same way that you do other special occasions in your life; you mark and remember those occasions by the way you celebrate them. Do the same for your writing.
My reward to myself for finishing One Bad Deed was to take time off and go visit family that I hadn’t seen in years. Not only did I enjoy myself laughing, reminiscing, and catching up on old times, but I also got a chance to tell them about my new release. This short vacation was truly a reward for me, because there is no greater joy than spending time with the people you love especially when you haven’t seen them in forever. Now when I look back and think about the release of One Bad Deed, I’ll also remember all the fun I had with my extended family.
By validating and rewarding your writing accomplishments, you also help provide the fuel and motivation for future writing endeavors. Taking time off to enjoy myself and clear my mind has also served to rejuvenate me. This will help me to start afresh when I began my next book project in the upcoming weeks.
Have you recently finished writing or releasing a book? Do you have some other publishing related accomplishment you want to share? I would be happy to hear it and share your news with my readers. Let us help you publicly celebrate your accomplishments. CONGRATS TO US ALL!