This article ended up in my inbox. In it the author said:
As writers, we have complicated egos. We can feel confident in other areas of our lives: maybe we know we’re parenting well, or we have other jobs we get kudos for, or we can make a mean mac and cheese or are the Grillmaster of the neighborhood. But when it comes to our writing, we’re just.not.that.sure.
I would love to write here that I do not have a fragile author ego, but I would be lying.
Yes, I have come to terms with all kinds of reviews, but even then the 1 Star review inevitably outweighs in importance to the 5s or 4s. Yes, I know not everyone likes my writing. Yes, I have issues with publishers, or other authors, and likewise I am convinced they have issues with me as well. I get that my contemporary books outsell my paranormal books by a wide margin. Yes, I am a full time author that sits in my office all day writing. Alone. ROFL.
I am way past just being lucky. I am full time author with a few books under my belt, and more coming, with amazing author friends and fantastic readers who support me so much. Still, I sometimes look at other authors with envious eyes. People who can create magical worlds in paranormal books, others who create a book that I read and I WISH I had written it, others who get to number one and stay there.
So, going back to the quote above. I’m not sure I excel in other parts of my life, although I think I’m a pretty cool mum. Even with those books out, even with successes and failure, and good reviews and bad, I still have kittens every time I release a new book.
And as to GRL, I will still be the Brit who looks dead confident, but who inside is not entirely sure why people buy their books, or why they want to talk to me. And hell, what do I say back? What is it that readers and other authors want me to say? Why am I so stressed about this?
Are you completely confident in some part of your life? Or do you judge yourself by impossibly high standards? Are you an introvert in an extrovert’s coat?
RJ Scott Is a GRL Featured Author: Writing MM Romance with a Happy Ever After…
I am in awe that people read my writing and thank you all for taking the time to read, rate and review. Rj xxxxx
About me…I live in the UK just outside London. I love reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, my first real love will always be the world of romance. My goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.
The Book A Reason To Stay – buy links, excerpts and reviews HERE
When SEAL, Viktor Zavodny, left small town America for the Navy he made sure he never had a reason to return for anything other than visiting family. He wanted to see the world and fight for his country and nothing, or no one, was getting in his way. He fights hard, and plays harder, and a succession of men and women share his bed.
But a phone call from his sister has him using his thirty day down time to go home instead of enjoying his usual thirty nights of random sex and sleep.
What he finds is a mystery on the Green Mountains and the only man attempting to make sense of seemingly unrelated deaths. His childhood friend and first love… Lieutenant Aiden Coleman, Sheriff.
There were reasons Viktor left his home. Not least Aiden Coleman with his small town innocence and his dreams of forever. Now Adam and Viktor need to work together to save lives and prove there is a hero in all of us.
When it’s done, if they make it out alive, can Aiden persuade Viktor that he has a reason to stay? Maybe forever?
The Giveaway: RJ Scott is offering the chance for one lucky reader to win a $10 Amazon or ARe gift voucher, reader’s choice!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment right here, and you’re automatically entered in the contest. Comments must be received by Midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. One winner will be selected at random on Wednesday, the 4th, and notified via email for prize delivery.