This week has been a doozy, although I suppose that’s a trend for 2020. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but alas, I am not.

As a new self-published author, I’m still wrapping my head around all the different aspects that come with being a writer. It’s not as simple as drafting a 50k+ word story and typing those magical words: THE END.

Nope, not that simple at all. When you’re first starting out, there are a million things to learn. Creating social media accounts, building your author brand, writing, editing, formatting, marketing, publishing, learning ads, building your newsletter, the list goes on.

Needless to say, it’s a lot. (Ok, I guess I did need to say it.)

Most days, I love it. I love meeting new people through my social media accounts. I love learning from other authors and seeing how other people build their brands. I love getting to read ARCs (Advanced Review/Reader Copies) to support other new authors. I really just love it. It makes me feel connected to a wonderfully supportive community during this time of seemingly endless isolation.

But for some reason, this week just really wiped me out. I felt exhausted from all that I was trying to learn and how much I still need to do even though my book doesn’t get published until December. I also felt like I was falling behind everyone else. Like I wasn’t doing enough.

Then I saw a quote that another author posted (see image).

This quote was a major turn around for me because I realized the thing that was stressing me out the most was that I was comparing my journey to other authors’ journeys. The reality is that every indie author follows a bit of a different path depending on their personality, finances, and the genre they write in. I can’t compare my journey to anyone else’s, just like someone shouldn’t compare their journey to mine.

I’m doing everything I can do to be successful, and I need to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Building a readership will come with time. I need to be me and follow my own path. At the end of the day, the most important part is that I don’t stop writing. All the other things will follow.

So, when I start to feel overwhelmed, I look to that quote, take a deep breath, and remind myself that if it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it.

Love, Cadence <3