Most people you meet on your publishing journey are really supportive and helpful. It’s particularly true in the world of indie publishing.
There is always that one guy or girl who likes nothing better than to piss on your chips (I stole that phrase from Mira Thorn)
They might say one or all of the following, I have heard all of these at some point!
So you publish on Amazon? You’re not a real author then are you?
We all know the person who says this, he’s the guy who has never written anything, let alone sold anything. Maybe it’s the girl who hasn’t written anything YET but when she does publishers will be falling over themselves to bring it to market.
What do you want write a book for anyway?
Because I had a story to tell! What the dude asking this is really saying is “Hey I feel threatened by you writing a book.” Maybe give them a hug and a medium strength beer.
You should totally write it like this…
No you should totally write your book like that, I’ll stick to my ideas.
How many have you sold then?
If it’s a lot, tell them. If it’s a smallish number exaggerate.
Can I get a free copy?
No, but here is a link to where you can buy it.
Am I in it?
No. Why would you be?
What’s it about then?
Give them a summary. The follow up with be….
Oh so it’s like <Insert title of books with one element in common here>
No, No it isn’t
I want to write a book, can you help me?
Sure, but I’m not writing it for you.
I would never indie publish, I’m going with one of the big publishers.
Good luck, hope it works out.
If you are writing then don’t let negative people stop or demotivate you, they don’t want you to be outstanding, because it shines a spotlight on their mediocrity. stick with the folks who believe in you. As in all thing in life, hang with the positive people and remove the negative ones with fire, lots of fire.