One of the major things I struggle with is giving myself credit and taking compliments well. I harp on positive reviews and I repost them consistently but that’s more of a way to continue momentum. I appreciate and love all reviews but I’ve always had this feeling that more work is still to be done. My goal is to be able to make this my full-time job so for me, keeping that mentality is important so that I keep pushing forward.
With that being said, I try to also give myself time to reflect on what I have been able to do so far. While sending out books last week, I finally had the small window to be able to have all my books together.
Though my sample size is small today, it boggles my mind that I have put together three poetry collections and a novella. As I sat there and stared at the books, I felt a surge of pride. I remember when I asked a coworker to help me put together Random Comments (thanks Ebony!)–everything was so new to me. I never thought that I would have a chance to publish all those poems I wrote over 4 years in college. But once I got over that hurdle, there has been no looking back. I’ve gotten better with every book with every release and my hope is that as I continue on this journey, you’ll help push me where I want to be!
(I need a fun sign off. Any suggestions?)