Do you applaud the successes of other writers?

Perhaps the most pernicious disease Indie authors fall victim to is believing they are in competition with  Indie authors.

The corollary to this notion is the old truism: Misery loves company.

I know how it goes.  An author checks her sales ranking on Amazon and watches them drop through the floor.  She looks at her KDP dashboard and convinvces herself something must be wrong internally with Amazon’s reporting system because the numbers appear to be stuck at the same level day after day.

Then she reads a blog or sees a Tweet from an author who crows about her recent success.

“My book is number one in (you pick the Amazon category),” the author writes.

“She wouldn’t be so perky if she were looking at my numbers,” the woebegone Indie author says under her breath.

It’s human nature.

But it’s not the way the book business should be.

Indie authors aren’t in competition with each other.

There are plenty of readers to go around, and those readers don’t buy just one book a year.  They buy multiple books per month.

Maybe the next one they buy will be by an author who is in a slump.

So, rather than getting huffy about others’ successes, Indie authors should applaud them.

Obviously, they did something right.  Maybe they wrote a great book, which was reviewed by the right book blogger at the right time; maybe they added a new cover that knocked people off their feet; maybe they ran a promotion that worked; maybe they married into a Mormon sect that has seven thousand family members.

Good for them.  Attaboy. Congratulations.  The down and out author should get on social media and spread the word of their colleagues’ successes. Tweet about it, do a FB post, blog about it, contact the author and ask for an interview.  Pay it forward.

I am thinking about this because of Ann Swann.

Ann Swann
Ann Swann


Ann is an author we have featured on Caleb and Linda Pirtle from time to time.

Her romantic suspense book, Stutter Creek, is going great guns right now. As I write this, the book is ranked at 1,193 in the paid store at Amazon and is on two category best seller lists.

Atta, girl, Ann. Go get ’em.

I often think about the closing words of the great movie Patton. Anyone unfamiliar with it should do herself a big favor and check out George C. Scott’s iconic portrayal of General Patton.  At the end of the movie a voice over tells this story: When the conquering heroes of Rome returned from their conquests, the commanding general would drive his chariot through the streets of Rome while crowds cheered and admirers threw flowers to celebrate his victory.  Alongside the general’s chariot a jester walked and from time to time whispered in the general’s ear, “All glory is fleeting.”

All glory indeed is fleeting.

That’s why we should rejoice with those who rejoice, for the a day of weeping will always return.

Stutter Creek audible

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