I’ve had a couple of set-backs recently. First of all, I got my 6-monthly royalty payment from Arkhouse. 20% of two print-on-demand sales: NZD3.77 less Paypal transaction fees! Add to that my online sales through Amazon: 4 books with a royalty of $4.80 which I don’t get, because of Amazon’s rules. Then, to top it off, I got a call from the only bookshop in Tauranga that stocks my book, asking for me to collect my remaining stock as I hadn’t made any sales in a year 🙁
However, I’ve just written a piece about failure in my third book Golden City:
Deep inside her, something clicked. She had a choice. She could start to make things better. Failing didn’t make her a failure. Giving up did. Well, she wasn’t going to give up.
So, I think I’ll take a piece of my own advice and not give up. Keep going. After all, you’re only a failure if you stop trying.
Published by Sharon Manssen
A fantasy fan since being read 'The Hobbit' by her father at the fireside at the age of six, she has been an avid bookworm her entire life. When the idea for her current trilogy popped into her head, there was never any doubt that it would be in the fantasy genre. Unfortunately, real life gets in the way, and writing has to fit around her full-time job at a global engineering consultancy and family life (husband and two young adult children). It took ten years to pen her first book, Medar, which was a finalist for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2015 and was published in 2017. Her second book, Tyrelia was nominated in the Young Adult Fiction category in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Her third book, Golden City, is due out in 2021.
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2 thoughts on “Failure?”
That’s a bit of a shame :(. But we all love your books and I think you are doing an amazing job!
Fantastic advice from your book 😊 Never give up.
I can’t wait for Golden City!