It's Monday again, which means time for Meredith's Monday Musings! Today's topic is: The Green Eyed Monster!
Everyone knows what the green eyed monster is right? It's the feeling of jealousy within yourself. I think that everyone has experienced it a time or two in their lives, especially when being an author.
When I first became an author, Melody Parks helped me out a bunch. One night we were talking, and she said, "I'm going to give you the most important piece of advice I can give you about being an author...only compete with yourself, because the second that you start comparing your books with another author's books, you're going to get jealous and angry and that will take away the fun of being an author."
She was so right! I had my first book come out and I believe it's overall ranking got as low as 2,000 on Amazon. I was like, "Okay, I'm going to try and get my next book's overall ranking lower than 2,000." My second book came out and I got my overall ranking down to 979! I was so proud of myself!
Well, my third book came out and my overall ranking only got as low as 5,000. I was upset. Other age play books had come out during my release and they had gotten overall rankings lower than 5,000. I was a little jealous that their books did better than mine because I knew that my books were just as good as theirs. Then the quote that Melody told me at the beginning of my author journey came back to me. I realized that I was being silly.
No two authors are the same. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses. And to compare two books will only bring out the green eye monster in ourselves and no one benefits from that.
Thinking about all of that when my third book didn't do as great as my first two, I decided that from now on, I was only going to compete with myself and support all authors! No matter what publishing company an author published with, or what sub-genre of romance an author wrote for, I was going to promote everyone. Because I want to help everyone succeed and make our little author community a fun and loving one.
There's no room for the green eye monster in this community!! :-)
That's it. I hope that y'all have a fantastic week!!