Celebrating a Little Milestone

I have reached a little milestone in my publishing author’s journey: I have hit 25 reviews on Amazon, and I wanted to stop and celebrate. Now why 25 and not 20, or 30? I don’t really know — maybe because it’s a quarter of 100, but it seemed like a good time to stop, take stock and enjoy this little success.

In his brilliant commencement speech, Neil Gaiman shares the best piece of advice he ever received, which was from Stephen King. Gaiman was in the midst of the early Sandman success and King told him: “This is really great. You should enjoy it.”

Gaiman then confesses that he didn’t follow that advice, too focused on worrying about the next book, the next deadline…He never really stopped to enjoy that early thrill of success.

Now, I’m not exactly surfing waves the size of Sandman’s success, and yet I can see how that could happen. Even as only a budding published author, I’m already getting caught up in worrying about the next book. Will it prove a satisfactory sequel? Can I get it finished to the level I want in the time I want?

So, remembering Gaiman’s speech, I thought I would take an official pause (and in these days of the internet, what better way to make it official than by writing a blog post?) to stop and enjoy this little milestone.

I’m very aware that in the grand scheme of the literary world, 25 reviews is too small to even be considered paltry. I know of other indie authors who have had more reviews than that by the end of their book’s second month. I also know of authors who’ve had less reviews than that. Each to their own pace and we all have to celebrate our own milestones, such as they are.

Knowing that my book is being bought and being read is such a thrill and I don’t want to risk that sensation diminishing because I’m rushing through everything to get to the next step, or because I’m comparing myself to other writers. Sometimes, it’s important to stop and enjoy the moment. 25 people who are not related to me by blood or shackled to me by matrimony chose to take the time to write reviews about my book. That is such a wonderful thing!!

Of course I’m aware that not everyone will enjoy my book (maybe you, reading this right now didn’t enjoy it), but that’s ok. I love Vonnegut’s take on this: ‘If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.’ You can’t please everyone, after all, and there’s no point trying. Knowing that not everyone will enjoy a given book makes finding those people who have enjoyed it all the more special. It’s like building a tribe, in a way.

So a big thank you to everyone who read and enjoyed The Viper and the Urchin, and who took the time to write those reviews, it really means a lot!

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39 thoughts on “Celebrating a Little Milestone

  1. Congrats on the 25 reviews! That’s a great milestone. Reviews can be hard to come by. And you’re right–we don’t celebrate the little things like we should. Always so focused on our current WIP.

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    • Wow, that’ll be my first standing O 😉
      And it definitely counts! Every review is worth celebrating, I think. It’s an amazing success that you’ve written and published three books – few people can boast of that feat 🙂

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  2. Congrats on 25 reviews. Yes, it is important to celebrate the little milestones along the way. And you’ll find your tribe. It is a very good book, so it will find its readers.

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    • Lol, I know! I didn’t get to stay at my 25 review milestone for very long, but I’m not complaining. I’m definitely going to try and enjoy all of it, whatever happens. And thank you, makes me so happy to know you like the book 🙂

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  3. You will have at least 29 now that your book is next on my list 😉 i’m so happy for you, Celine. Success is measured in defining it for ourselves, and you have successfully done that in your attitude about how your first novel has been received. You rick!

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    • Ooh, I’m so excited to hear what you think! I hope you’ll enjoy it.
      That’s absolutely true, success and failure depend so much on our definitions of both, and mindset can make the same result into either a success or a failure.
      (have to laugh at the ‘you rick’ typo. Brought up a mental image of someone rocking with a crick in their neck. Very random! 😉 )

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  4. And soon you’ll have another review… though I’m sorry to tell you: I do know you and I did enjoy your book. Hope you don’t mind 😉

    I think Gaiman and King gave a very good advice. It’s so easy to oversee that passage. That important passage that is enjoying what you’re doing. That’s the entire point, and still sometimes we forget.
    You did well to remind us.

    And hey, I friend of mine linked me to that speech of Gaiman’s sometime back and I still thank her. That’s a truly fantastic speech. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Haha, I don’t mind one bit! 😉
      Yes enjoying the process is a very important part of it – that’s why we’re doing it after all, for the love of it 🙂
      And yes, that Gaiman speech is brilliant. I watch it every so often, when I need a little bit of motivation 🙂

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  5. It’s so wonderful to stop and take in the moment. A friend of mine sent me the Gaiman speech last week so it’s funny that you mention it here. Obviously the universe is trying to tell me something because I keep getting reminded of it, haha! I’ve bought your book but haven’t read it yet but can’t wait to read it when I catch up on my reading! Felicitation!

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    • It’s a fantastic speech to be fair, so no wonder the universe is sending it to you from so many directions 😉 It got made into a lovely little book apparently but out here I can only get a version with chinese characters – sadly.
      I can imagine you have lots of books to get through especially now that you have your amazing new subscription service! In any case, very excited that you’ll read mine at some point, you’ll have to let me know what you think! 🙂

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  6. Congratulations and hello. I am new to the blogging world and I ran across your page due to a mutual blogging friend Carrie Rubin. Love the book cover. I will stop by later to enjoy your blog. Best of luck.
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