Thursday, April 14, 2011
Expectations & Hope vs. Reality
I don't know if everyone thinks like me, but when I embark on something new, like epubbing, I have expectations and hopes.
With expectations, I try to be completely negative - I will sell nothing. Everyone will laugh at me. I am a freaking idiot.
Then I have the hopes - OMG, I'm going to sell a million copies my first week out. People will call me the next JK Rowling (even though my books are nothing like hers). I will be a gazillionaire.
Then there's reality, which falls somewhere in the middle. I've sold nearly 300 copies of Anathema in two months. I've gotten some really amazing reviews. I've also gotten a couple not-so-amazing reviews. I'm happy with what I've achieved, but I'm sure I can do better.
Yeah, that's the only part of me that sounds like a rational person. Too bad the other 2/3 of me sounds a little, well, nuts. ;)
Is everyone else like this? Trying to balance the positive with the negative, yet settling somewhere in the middle with reality?