I’ve been in this writing game almost two years and it’s sad that many authors are still divided. In a huge field such as writing, you would think that indie authors would have a close-knit relationship with each other, but that is furthest from the truth. I saw so much shade being thrown because of the top 100 authors or because an author is signed with a certain company or simply because an author is not signed as all.
I learned early on to keep my head down and focus on myself to avoid getting caught up in the nonsense of this industry. Other than the division in the industry, another issue the fact that there are thousands of urban authors and there are only a few awards shows geared to honor indie authors and publishers.
SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
That means that it is no way possible for everyone to get recognized.
As an indie author, signed author, and a indie publisher, to say it is a tough market to stand out in would be an understatement. However, that does not stop me from trying and focusing on my brand. Sure I have my bad days. What authors have to realize that they have to stop seeking recognition from outsiders and focus on accepting and encouraging themselves.
AS LONG AS YOU PUT 100% INTO YOUR BOOKS THEN YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO BE HAPPY WITH THAT AND IGNORE THE CRAZINESS! DON’T WAIT FOR OTHERS TO TOOT YOUR HORN, DO IT FOR THEM!