Why Beyonce is an inspiration

BeyonceEveryone knows who Beyonce is – has heard her music at some point. It is unavoidable. She is a global superstar, business woman and a household name.

However, I am not writing this post because I love her music. Some Beyonce songs are amazing but most I could take or leave.

What inspired me to write this post is a recent tv programme on her day-to-day life.

Beyonce is clearly at the top of her game but that comes at a steep price. She is extremely dedicated to completing her goals and puts in some serious hours and hard work to get what she wants.

In a way it made me realise that everyone has goals – even Beyonce – and they generally start small. I believe they are always achievable with enough hard work and commitment. I immediately drew comparisons to myself over the last couple of years.

Beyonces’ initial goal was to make a record. I’m sure her friends and family supported her but, at the same time, many will never have dreamed of how far she would grow as an artist.

My initial goal  was to publish a novel.

Her next goal was to gain a following based on finding people that like her work, as is mine.

I can now see that no matter what you are doing, or hoping to achieve, whether it be writing and publishing a book, releasing a single, becoming president there will always be days that feel it is extremely hard work and that it’s all pointless. I’m sure when Beyonce reached her 15th day in a row doing 8 hours non stop dancing she felt like packing in as I did after what felt like the 1000th proof read of my book. But just think of that moment when you tick off that goal.

When I published my book through Amazon Kindle and kept hitting F5 on amazon search results the next day it was a great moment when my cover appeared. The years of writing, researching, designing covers, designing websites and spreading the word seemed irrelevant. It was actually forgotten immediately. I had achieved one of my main goals and I had done it through nothing more than time, perseverance and hard work.

Who knows if it will be a success? I may never hit the 100 copies people say self published books are lucky to reach but I can but try. J K Rowling sat there at one point hoping to sell 10 copies. I’m sure Beyonce jumped with joy when she heard shed sold 10 copies of her first single.

I think, deep down, everyone knows what it takes to be successful. Hard work. The difference is, those that really do work at it will be successful.

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Tirfo Thuin now available on Amazon Kindle

Now my debut novel – Tirfo Thuin – is available I wanted to write an opening post on my new blog that contained loads of promotional stuff about my book – buy buy buy it’s amazing etc.

However, when I really thought about it I realised I didn’t actually care about getting lots of sales. I am writing this post using a note app on my iPhone while traveling home on a packed tram from a manic day at the office. I’m tired. I’m miserable. I’m cramped. However, all I can think as I look around the tram is ‘I wonder if the middle-aged business woman in her grey suit would love my book. I think so. I wonder if the guy who looks like a graphic designer would like it. For sure. I wonder if the group of noisy rebellious teens would love my book. I would bet money on it.

Please do not mistake my lack of care for how well Tirfo Thuin sells as me not caring about my audience because I do, greatly. Or that I may not care about the quality of my writing because, again, I do. My first novel took years to complete and I will probably still think of things I could improve now it’s published – none of us are perfect.

What I mean is that I write because I love it (not to make money) and I publish to give my writing a purpose and so, hopefully, some of you can get pleasure from the hours, days, months I spent slaving over notepads and laptops to make what I hope is a great book.

I don’t need high sales. I have a day job as a project manager that I love. I am far from rich from a money point of view but I am comfortable. I am rich from a family point of view as I have a great wife, daughter and family who I love very much. So you see the measly 30p from each sale means very little to me. If I cared only for money I wouldn’t sell my years of work for less than a double cheeseburger 🙂

What is actually priceless to me is that just 1 person who I have never met, maybe never even come across online, takes a chance on my novel and tells me they liked it.

I would get more pleasure out of receiving 5 nice reviews on Amazon than I would if I sold 100,000 copies, made a great chunk of money but got no feedback. After all, I’m never going to leave my job to be a writer no matter how many books I sell.. It is something I love to do but I also like the day-to-day aspects of my life. That is where I draw inspiration and structure from. That is just life.

I’ll wrap this up by saying if you like a good read about a rebellious hero, someone who has all the odds stacked against them but still tries anyway, this book is for you. It is a great fantasy fiction novel that also covers day-to-day issues we all encounter (loss of parents, single parent families, coming of age, racial and religious divides) in a subtle way. I here you all cry ‘that doesn’t sound like a fantasy fiction book’ but that is the beauty. I am sure all you Harry potter fans are going to love it anyway. I even got a comment off one reviewer stating it could be better than HP – the book not the sauce. Done in the right way you can combine any genre with hard-hitting themes like these and it means you do not need to be a hardcore fantasy fiction fan to love this book.

Anyway, check it out and I hope you like it.  I will be happy if just one of you tells me you enjoyed it and as a thank you for taking the time to read and review my book I will be giving away some free goodies – https://tirfothuin.wordpress.com/bonus-material/

Check it out on Amazon here

Thank you all for your support.

Andy.