When Your Dreams Exceed Your Reach

28 Jan

Sorting through some old files recently, I made a humbling discovery – a list of goals jotted down shortly before publishing my first book in 2012.

Despite good advice from experienced authors about keeping my ambitions in check, I insisted on dreaming big. According to my list, I expected to sell 10,000 copies of the book in the first year. I also planned to lure 1,000 subscribers to my new blog.

It was a heady time of possibility and excitement, of focusing far more on frontiers than limits. Now two years later, I’ve become well acquainted with another phase of the author’s journey. It’s called Reality.

The book earned positive reviews and attracted some enthusiastic readers. It even earned me a live appearance on CatholicSingles.com, where I skyped with a gracious book club – my wedding ring, of course, firmly in place.

Sales, however, have amounted to something less than 10,000. As for the 1,000 blog subscribers, I’m still more than a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

Did I need to sell a lot of books to support my family? No. My wife and I are fortunate to have good day jobs that pay the bills. Did I need my blog to go viral to find fulfillment? No. I’m blessed with a great family and many wonderful friends.

Did coming up short of my own expectations bother me? Absolutely.

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4 Responses to “When Your Dreams Exceed Your Reach”

  1. Gretchen February 1, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Thank you for your beautiful insights. They were much needed this week.

    • Stephen February 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      That’s very kind, Gretchen — glad it was helpful. Hope to see you back here again!

  2. Bianca February 7, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    The nice thing about a book is that it can still be meaningful even if you didn’t read it when it was first published. I bought your book at the end of 2013 and am proud to say that it’s the first book I’ve finished in 2014.

    • Stephen February 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

      And I’m proud that you made Messy Quest your first book selection for 2014. Really appreciate your support, Bianca!

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