I made a trip to Barnes and Noble yesterday to buy some children’s books for a local politician’s book drive.
I usually do my book buying at a local independent or online, but I was in a hurry picking up the books during lunch for an event that evening.
I walked into the large holiday themed store and was confronted by stacks of best sellers, 40% off of this, picture books, calendars, and celebrity bios. On my way to the children’s section I passed by more and more titles.
After buying my books, I wandered some more. Hundreds, thousands of titles surrounded me. There were entire rows of Stephen King and JK Rowling and James Patterson.
I felt short of breath. My eyes glazed over. How could I be so bold to think i could get one of my books wedged between these behemoths, gifts and classics? Even it if I did get a copy of my work inside, who would find it?
Driving away, sanity returned. So did a little hope. I am not competing with Stephen King or F Scott Fitzgerald, or Harry Potter.
I am writing books that I believe will bring some entertainment (my fiction) and or helpful advices (the 3by3 Writing Method).
If I get lost in the shuffle, that is the risk I take as a writer.
After all, you can’t win, if you don’t play the game.
Hey, count me in.
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