That being said, there are a lot of things that are really hard about being a writer. I don't mean hard as in "I can't do it" but I mean emotional roadblocks. I know negative reviews are part of it. Not everyone will love every book and I am truly grateful for readers who just give me a chance. That means so much to me, but yeah a bad review can sting. It often dings a writers armor and that too is okay. Again, it is absolutely impossible to write a book everyone will love, so there is no anger there. But yeah, there are moments I've wanted to cry.
There is rejection when dealing with agents and editors. It goes back to what I was saying about reviews. Not everyone will like everything. So people may love it, but fear there is no market for it. There are tons of reasons we might face rejection. I understand that. Expect it and totally deal with it, but it can hurt too.
But you know what?
It's worth it.
I think it's important to celebrate the happy :)
Writing is my dream. It's my passion. I feel so honored to be doing it. When I read a good review or get an email from a reader who likes one of my books, there is NOTHING like it. I feel blessed, honored, excited and everything else. All I want is to have those readers who are passionate about the people whose stories I am lucky enough to tell. When someone says they laughed at something silly and crazy Sebastian or Jaden did. Or if they tell me their heart broke for Carter and they got something out of his journey. If one of my boys makes someone swoon or you enjoy their love story it gives me the most incredible feeling of satisfaction. I love that kind of happy.
It doesn't stop there though. I feel so lucky to have some of the friendships I've made during this journey, both with readers and writers. I've made SO many awesome friends. When one of my writer friends gets good news, I want to celebrate their happy too. It feels good to see someone's hard work pay off. I want all the happy in the world for my friends.
So yeah... I just wanted to share the happy today. People I know have had good things happen and I'm stoked for them. I got the most touching email from a reader who said Carter's journey spoke to them--that it helped them feel a little less alone and I can't tell you how special that is to me.
Do you have any happy to share? Good news? A great book you just read?