"I mean, EVERYONE wants to be liked [. . .]"
"Longevity, and not instant gratification, is the key to making it big."
For example, Kevin Hart had been around for years before his instant stardom-- touring small clubs, working in a local Foot Locker, and starring in D list movie after D list movie until he finally hit it big with Soul Plane (of all movies), and then later Scary Movie, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Death at a Funeral, and Little Fockers. Now, he has been the breakout, leading star in major blockbusting movies such as Ride Along. Kevin Hart worked for years until he finally saw success, but it was a very long road and a very long process.
True success is made up of a lot of hard work, headaches and even failures on the way.
Stardom-- fame-- success are not overnight stories. Like a good wine, these things take time. As an author, you may not write a novel that shoots up the Amazon charts immediately, you may not write a New York Times Bestseller straight out the gate, on your first try; however, that is okay. Keep working until you see the success you have been dreaming about. Promote your novels and your work as your biggest cheerleaders. Send your novels to local celebrities and book clubs. Invest in vending opportunities around your city, and be thankful for each purchase. It will come. Remember, everyone started out unknown and small at some point in their career.
Justin Q. Young an Amazon's Bestselling Author wrote an erotica series entitled Dickmitized. He would sit outside of Walmart selling his novels for a couple of dollars, and he was loyal. Rain, sleet or shine, he was outside selling his books to those who walked by. This may not seem like the best marketing tactic, and it may seem menial, but surprisingly, it paid off big time. After two years, his books are now being sold inside of Walmart's nationally-- all across America. We can all learn something from Justin, he stuck with it, on his small budget, and made big things happen for him. No type of marketing is ever too small. Trust the process. If you have a book idea-- start small. Write the book, create the cover, and publish it. Then, market it. Market to your family, your friends, your loved ones and even your followers. Then branch out, and start marketing to those in your community, in your state, and beyond. eventually, all the hard work you have done will pay off.
Stardom-- fame-- success are not overnight stories. Like a good wine, these things take time.
No type of marketing is ever too small.
For me, even if I have to sit outside the local Walmart to achieve my dream, I know that it's possible. Success is never overnight, but it happens. Be patient. It's a journey that is exciting, and even heartbreaking, but never ending. I know that as long as I keep working hard, as long as I trust the slow process, that success will eventually come.
Success is never overnight, but it happens. Be Patient.
Dawnell Jacobs is the author of The Shade of Devotion, Brains Not Included, Black Magic, and The Monsters of Within: Heart of Darkness. She has also published a self-help book Your Story Matters: Leaning How To Be The Author of Your Destiny. You can find all of her books on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, and Barnes And Noble. She is also a motivational speaker to young audiences. She uses her personal journey to inspire hope and change. All pictures and entries in this blog are subject to copyright laws. ©Dawnell Jacobs 2017
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