At least, that's what YA Guy has learned.
As a writer, you're always fretting about something. The manuscript you're working on. The manuscript you should be working on. The revisions due back to your editor. The upcoming release of your book. The marketing for that release. The sales figures for your previous book. The next project you have to write, and the sales figures for that one.
What can be forgotten in all of this is that you've realized a dream many aspire to but relatively few achieve.
I was reminded of this fact most recently when I received the following flyer via email:
Look at that title: "Meet the Authors." And I'm one of them. Whatever might be going on in my mind or my life, in the eyes of the rest of the world, I'm an author.
And that's pretty cool. It's something I've wanted to be for most of my life. It wasn't in any way guaranteed. It took hard work, lots of support, and more than a little luck. But it's here now, and whatever happens from this moment forward, it's here to stay.
I'm not saying I won't fret anymore, that I won't from time to time lose sight of the big picture, that I've become some kind of Zen writer. I'm sure I'll need reminders like this one every so often.
I'm just saying to other authors: you should be on the lookout for reminders like this. And when you find them, you should revel in them.
YA Guy can't wait to meet you.