Staying Motivated

Staying motivated to write every day is hard.  There are some things that give a real boost to motivation.  Getting a message from someone who likes what you’ve done is a huge motivator.  Book sales is also a motivator.

Lately book sales have been down.  I start to think, “Have all the people who are ever going to want to read one of my books bought theirs already?  Are the sales of my next Robot book going to be limited to the 11,000 who bought the last one?

It’s self-defeating, but sometimes it’s hard not to think that, especially when you have to find time in between work and rest to write.  Last month was the worst month for book sales in ten years.  On the other hand this past July was one of the best.

How can you help me stay motivated?  Reach out and say, “Hi.”  Tell me what you’ve read that you liked and what you would like me to write next.  If you’ve enjoyed one of my books, pass it on.  Tell someone else to get a copy, or loan them yours.  I would rather have a new reader than a new book sale.

Anyway, thanks for listening to my bellyaching and thanks to all of you for your support.