It’s still a relatively new year and I have been reflecting on how much our publishing environment continues to change. Books that sold easily even two or three years ago are no longer selling, categories that weren’t selling as recently as last year are all of a sudden back in vogue, the landscape for self-published books has undergone a major shift, both for those who have been picked up previously by traditional publishers and for those who have gone back to self-publishing or who are continuing to self-publish but having much less success. So, how are we supposed to stay positive in this ever changing publishing environment?
I started googling “how to be positive” and found the Internet teeming with articles about this very thing. I guess I’m not the only one pondering this issue.
Among the more helpful pieces I came across was this one in WikiHow. Admitting there are problems and identifying what they are has always been something I believe in doing and I try to pay special attention to this—especially now. Then I set goals every quarter and I review those goals monthly. I find it very important to be honest with myself as to whether or not I am achieving those goals and if not, I ask myself why not.
I ask for feedback from those I respect. It is so important, in my opinion to listen to others who are knowledgeable.
Finally, I try not to be afraid of failure. In my career, I have certainly faced some pretty major setbacks but I have always addressed them and the reasons for them head-on, and that has enabled me to move forward.
Even writing this blog has helped me to evaluate the issue of staying positive in an ever changing publishing environment and I hope it will help you as well. Please let me know if it has.