Today, I read this tweet by Rowling:
“Even if it isn’t the piece of work that finds an audience, it will teach you things you could have learned no other way. (And by the way, just because it didn’t find an audience, that doesn’t mean it’s bad work.)”
She was answering a tweet from a fan who didn't want to give up writing.
I would imagine J.K. Rowling is an inspiration to a lot of writers. Not all, of course. There's people for everything. But, at least she is one of mine.
I am a Harry Potter fan. I love to read about magic and amazing things and worlds. When I write, I write fantasy. In my case, I love exploring about vampires, werewolves, witches, mutants... I love them all! But, even when I love magic, that's not the only reason why I love Harry Potter. Part of it is the way the books are written. They invite you to want to read them. They are fun and interesting. The characters are people. The situations can be funny or smart or sad or unfair. This is, in part, why I love Harry Potter (and yes, the magic).
J.K. Rowling inspires me because she took an idea, made her wonderful and inspired others to read.
Now, I am not J.K. Rowling. Nor will I ever be. My stories, while about magic, will never have her magic. It doesn't matter. Just knowing that someone is able to do what she does makes me want to try.
I read this tweet today and I thought about my book. My one book that I have published. My one book no stranger had ever read. The only books I've sold are to people I know. I am a nobody. I am still a nobody. Partly, it is my fault. I don't advertise. I don't make an effort to meet communities who could be interested in my stories. I don't promote the book. I haven't spent a dime doing it, either.
Instead, I have a poor blog with barely any posts.
That doesn't mean I have given up. I will keep writing. I will keep publishing. J.K. Rowling is right! Not all books are for everybody. Maybe I do have a niche. A niche so small I haven't found it yet (nor have they found me). I am still young and I will keep writing and publishing and who knows... anything can happen.