Like many others I suspect, I have had moments of asking myself, 'Whyever are you putting yourself through this torment? How can you ever succeed in the current climate/against such competition/ when nobody's heard of you?' It's then that someone telling you that you mustn't give up, your work has value, they like it and one day others will too, can make the difference between slogging on and chucking it all in - even though the impetus to write may not have abated one whit!
I am not in the least bit famous. I never will be, barring a miracle, but that's ok. Of course I would like my books to be read more widely, but that's another matter. However, because there have been those gleams of encouragement along the way, because supportive friends have kept me going, because little by little some people have seemed to like my stories, I have battled on in what often seems like a vacuum, and now those gleams seem to be (for the moment) becoming a little brighter. Sometimes it takes a long time before any kind of recognition comes your way, and you probably have to be prepared for the long haul.
|The noble book club|
So wherever you are on this mad journey, I'd just say believe in what you are doing, get all the support on offer, avoid the naysayers, be realistic, practise and improve all you can, and keep on keeping on. Meanwhile we can help one another. I'd list tweeting and retweeting, splashing one another's achievements all over facebook and elsewhere, buying or downloading each other's work and faithfully reviewing. No doubt there are other ways, but whatever you can do, it makes all the difference.
The latest book is A Vision of Locusts, published by Instant Apostle and available in the usual places.