If someone invites you somewhere “just to be nice”…that’s a really good reason.
After years of sunburns, you are not suddenly going to tan.
If he says he doesn’t like you, believe him.
Curly girls cannot have bangs.
When it comes to writing and publishing advice, the same holds true. The best advice I’ve ever received is totally obvious, and yet hearing it said aloud felt like a lightbulb moment.
And it is this:
No one cares about your book as much as you do.
Seems like a “No doy” kind of statement, I know. And yet, it’s so important to keep in mind through the entire publishing process.
When others think you need to take a breather and stop writing for a bit.
When you can’t decide if you want to read the manuscript one more time, or just trust the copy editors.
When you’re deciding if you want to reach out to a press contact that you know personally, or just leave it up to your publicist.
There are plenty of parties invested in the success of your book–your agent, your editor, your publisher, your publicist. Your husband. Your mom. Your BFFs.
But YOU will always care the most. Always.
Lately, I keep this in mind on the days when I’m exhausted from promoting. When I don’t want to write one more email or guest post. When I worry that my next email is the one that is going to send my book publicist over the edge.
That is not to say I harass the people I work with or beat a dead horse. I try not to send emails that have no productive value. I am careful to recognize when revisions are over, rather than tinkering with language forever and ever. But if I’m deciding whether or not to send an email with a suggestion that I truly think could help my book, or whether or not to reach out to a distant contact who might be interested in MWF Seeking BFF, I remember that nobody else cares about this book as much as I do. So if I’m not working my butt off, nobody will be.
What is it that you care about more than anyone else?