Hi Inspy Romancers! Have you ever felt like quitting something? Maybe it was a new year’s resolution you made that seemed doable but over time became unachievable? Or a job that you dreaded doing every day, perhaps due to long hours or an unreasonable boss? Well, let me assure you that authors have been in the same boat! Many of us, myself included, have been at a place where we were just one word away from quitting.
I have talked to several authors of CCR as well as clean romance who were prayerfully considering leaving the author business. They were ready to stop writing and publishing books and to walk away from the career. Why? Sometimes it was due to a lack of time because of family obligations. Other times it was due to a lack of funds, more specifically that all the hours they put into writing and marketing didn’t equal the amount of income they were making. (Full disclosure—I saw a job ad for Target with their hourly wage and realized I could make more money working there than I am selling books. LOL) Once in a while, authors think about leaving because of drama and conflict among their fellow authors that becomes too heavy an emotional burden to bear. And another reason for quitting is a lack of inspiration.
But one thing is true. These authors don’t consider quitting because they’ve lost their love of writing. In fact, their love of writing is what makes this SUCH a hard decision to make!
Whenever I find myself struggling with this decision (yes, it happens often! lol), I remind myself of why I started writing in the first place. For me, writing has become a ministry where I can serve God and my readers. I also find great encouragement in reading reviews for my books and seeing how my stories have impacted people. Lastly, the interactions I have with readers, new and old, spur me on through the hard times and renew my purpose and passion.
A longtime reader recently commented this in my reader group: “I’m always happy to hear that you’re writing!” You wouldn’t believe how timely her words were and how they were exactly what I needed to hear. I dove back into writing my book that day, determined to make it the best possible and to finish it quickly so I could get it into her hands sooner.
I share all of this to let you know how important YOU are in the life of an author. The reviews you leave, the encouragement you give, and the prayers you pray over authors DO make a difference! So, please don’t hold back on sharing your support! We need and appreciate it so much!
With that said, I would like to thank you for all the support you have given me over the past five years that I have been blogging here at Inspy Romance. It has been an honor to hear from you every month and to see your love for Christian contemporary romance and for us authors. I am so grateful!! That is why I’m so sad to let you know that it’s time for me to step down as a blogger here. I recently joined the lay counseling ministry at my church, something that’s near and dear to my heart, and will need to devote more time and attention there.
I hope to be able to keep in touch with you in other ways! My newsletter is a great way to do so as it’s a direct line of open communication with me. So I’d love for you to subscribe if you haven’t already! You can do so HERE.
And a big thank you to Valerie, Elizabeth, and Narelle and all the other Inpsy Romance authors for making this community so warm and inviting and organized! :)
Now, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me, how do you show your support for authors? I can’t wait to read your comments and learn from you!
Giveaway: I’d like to give away a $10 Amazon gift card. One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Sunday, March 12th.