My Failures and Risks


I'm going to start this blog off by saying that I've had plenty of failures and have taken some risks on this writing journey. Honestly, I wouldn't change much and it's only because I would not have learned all that I have. The failures have allowed me to fall on my ass, get up, dust myself off and learn a valuable lesson.

When I first started writing, I made my books too big (8 X 11) which is the size of a a children's book and I didn't have a great person who formatted books. I had someone who told me to make my books smaller to (6 X 9) and I was able to do that by finding someone who formatted books to that size. He did such an amazing job, I have paid him to format all of my books that I've published.

My book covers weren't that good and I had to step up my game so I was able to find someone on Fiverr who made some great book covers for me. Half of my books published so far have been done by her and she lives half way around the world in Indonesia. So yes the internet and technology has helped us to connect with others anywhere in the world.

In regards to investments, I have made a few bad ones, nothing too catastrophic but enough to make me rethink what I'm spending my money and time on. It's taken me 2 years to find legitimate websites and places to make book covers, make 3D book covers, marketing, promotions, formatting your book, publishing your book to multiple bookstores and so many more things. The greatest part about all of this is I'm still learning new things, new platforms and ways to grow my author brand.

Here's what I want you to know throughout your journey, you will fail. People will doubt you, people won't support you, people won't understand your vision. The sacrifices you make, people won't understand and the ones that do want to see you succeed. The biggest supporters will be the closest people to you and strangers (believe it or not). You will either let your failures make you stronger or you will fold, it's one way or the other.

There are risks and certain investments you'll have to make and it will either work out or it won't. That's part of the journey and how things go. Building relationships with others will help along the way and you can share things that work and don't work. I've met authors who have spent thousands of dollars on things and it didn't work out for them (thankfully I never did that).

Taking a risk on one or two things every once in a while, it is beneficial to see what the results will be. You'll definitely know what you want to take a risk on, and sometimes you just have to do for it. Overthinking will cause you to be indecisive and then you won't do it. Don't be afraid of what will happen and the end result. It will only cause unnecessary stress and you have to keep your mind clear. Uncertainty brings a cluttered mind and chaos, believe me I've been through it and still go through it to this day.

Enjoy and embrace the journey and know that the failures will only make you better. Your failures mean that you're getting closer to the end goal.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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