The failing moments

I received notification of a post from Writer Unboxed (Full article here – talking about how you deal with failure and whether that may mean you later go on to succeed and it inspired this blog post on Prism which I thought I would pick up and dust off for here.

In this post the the author suggests, “…[And that] the biggest risk is not in “only” selling 75 books, but in allowing a failure to become a conclusion, instead of a process toward success. And that the thing to be avoided at all costs is not low sales, but this internal narrative: “I only sold 75 books. I failed. I suppose I’m not a writer after all.” …”

My most saleable books are the contemporary books that I write. Things like my Texas series, and the Sanctuary series, Ellery Mountain, that kind of thing. My first ever book was a paranormal, Oracle, powers, and ancient energy, and gods, and of course the Oracle itself. I am still so damn proud of that book, and of other paranormal books I have written, like Gallows Tree (ghost story alongside the story of a guy running from abuse) and the Fire trilogy (Kian etc.).

I could turn around and say I ‘failed’ at writing paranormal, because the sales for these will never match the aforementioned contemporary titles. I don’t look at it as failure. I think, with the tenaciousness of a writer who has a story to tell, whether it sells or not, I wrote a sequel to Oracle, and two sequels to Kian.

As a writer, do sales figures affect what you write next? Or will you push ahead with a sequel just because your muse demands it?

Readers, are there particular writers you autobuy for their contemporary work but not their paranormal or indeed the other way around?


  1. I would have to say that I lean towards paranormal but I buy what interests me at the time as I am also a mood reader.

  2. I don't have auto buy.but there are few authors whose work I love so much that I purchase every book they write as soon as I find it. the topic or genre is not as important to me as the way the author tell their stories.

  3. I have a few authors that are ALMOST autobuys, but even those authors usually have a few books that I opted not to buy. I usually steer clear of the super short books, even if it's one of my favorite authors. I like contemporary and paranormal so I'll usually buy both.

  4. I read some where that the best way to promote your book is to write another book, and I can see that working for me at the moment. I started posting a shifter fic that had very little interest in the beginning, but the more parts I make available, the more people seem to be reading it. So I don't think I'd be too discouraged. Sometimes it can take a while for people to find, and rec a least that's what I keep telling myself.

    I would like to think that the same would apply to published works, but then I always worry about how much publishers influence that. If you write the first part of a trilogy and it doesn't do too well, will they discourage you from writing the rest?

    I think as a reader, it's more about trusting an author. If I like their contemporary, there's a good chance I'll like their fantasy or paranormal, so I'll auto buy for long as it's m/m : ) x

  5. I love your contemporary books best; however, I have Oracle and Book of Secrets. I read Oracle and loved it. Book of Secrets is in the TBR file. I will probably buy Gallow's Tree because it sounds good. I think all your fans will agree, no matter what your sales are, that you NOT a failure! We love your books! :)