By Hildie McQueen
I can’t begin to tell y’all how many places I’ve been the last few months. I attended to six conventions between May 1st and August 30th I went to Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get-together, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, Romfest, Romance Novel Convention and Authors After Dark.Talk about fun times! Talk about exhausting!
After all is said and done and a lot of money spent, I have to wonder if it was worth it. Did I have fun? Well yes, but that was not the reason why I registered for them. Sure, I met some great people and made amazing connections. As a matter of fact, I can’t think back to any of them without smiling at the memories I left with. But at the same time, I keep wondering if I lost focus and forgot along the way that I planned to meet as many readers as possible, so that I would sell more books.
That’s the point of being a writer isn’t it?
To be honest with you all. Sometimes I believe it’s not about selling books, but about being the best writer and person you can be. I believe that along with great writing skills, sometimes sales depend more on luck than anything else. Why two books released on the same day, same genre, similar covers and length end up on completely different paths is a mystery. One will catapult to all the bestseller lists while the other barely sells.
If you’re the author of the second book, it can be so frustrating to put so much into a project for it to not do well. That’s why its super important to be part of the writing community. To have writer friends that can not only understand you, but have been there themselves.
An editor from one of the big New York publishing houses once asked me. ”What will you do if you never succeed in writing?” I told her. ”Keep writing. Because it’s what I am supposed to do. If five of my friends enjoy a story I write, then Ma’am I consider that a success.”
Don’t get me wrong, I do set goals and will do a happy naked dance in the middle of Walmart if I ever make the big Bestseller lists. However, in the mean time, I absolutely adore what I do. And yes I will continue to attend Conventions. I’m hooked on the high when surrounded by lovers of romance and books. The energy is amazing!
What do you think about why some books make it and some don’t? Do you attend Conventions? If so, why?