6.7.16

A Whole New Meaning for "Indy" Author #IWSG


A couple of weeks ago Raiders of the Lost Ark came back to the big screen at a theater by my house It was SO exciting. It was also the first time I’ve seen the movie since hearing the infamous Amy Farrah Fowler theory on the film. If you don’t know, the fictional neurobiologist says the movie has a glaring flaw in that Indiana Jones has no impact on the outcome.

Do you ever feel like that as a writer? Like no matter how much time and effort you put into crafting stories, putting them out into the world, and then implementing brilliant marketing strategies, you always end up in the same place? Like all your work has no impact whatsoever on the literary world, much less your bank account?

Yeah, me, too. But then I figured out that Mizz Fowler's theory is full of monkey poop. Allow me to explain...

I had a new book release on June 15, and it had an awesome opening week. Amazon rankings like I've never seen before. All this without the help of a romance publisher, which I for too long convinced myself would provide the support, expertise, and credibility I'd need to succeed. And then guess what happened - Nickiana Jones friggin' smiled.

Y'know how whenever Indy allows himself a smile, a moment to revel in his success things suddenly take a downward turn? Yeah, that. Moving into week two, I realized my opening week sales wouldn't propagate all on their own. I couldn't just sit back and expect more and more new readers to continue to find my book. And THEN during my struggle to accept that I must regroup and continue to work my bum off, I saw the flaw in Amy Farrah Fowler's reasoning.

The point of Indiana Jones isn't that he succeeds in his quest to find the Ark and bring it to a museum for research. Nope. The point of Indy is that no matter how many times that man is shot down, beat up, bested, and thrown to the snakes, he gets up, resets his sights on his goal, and goes after it again and again and again.

Maybe I'm just too stupid or stubborn to give up, but I choose to be an Indy author. He may not always win, but he has way more fun that Belloq, right?

As part of my ongoing quest to figure this publishing thing out...
(you may need to think back to your pre-writer days)
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THANK YOU!

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavanaugh.

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23 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Totally love the whole Nickiana Jones persona!

Now all I can think about is that TBBT episode, how Sheldon then tries to ruin Amy's favorite show. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool your latest started off so strong.
That we keep fighting is all that matters.
Jones did achieve his goal - he wanted to keep the ark out of the hands of the Nazis.

Nicola said...

Now that's what we all need - a bit of Indy going on. Congratulations on your success and may it continue as long as Indiana Jones goes on and on :)

Karen Walker said...

Love that take on Indiana Jones. Perseverance, no matter what. Great post.

Crystal Collier said...

I think that's the key to success period. Getting back up. Moving forward. Never saying die. =)

Julie Flanders said...

Nickiana Jones! Love it. :) And good for you that you're going to keep on fighting. Thanks for the inspiration to do the same.
It would be so fun to see that movie on the big screen again! Just seeing this pic of Indy smiling made my heart melt. <3

Yolanda Renée said...

Congratulations on the success, yes, keep pushing forward. And you're right about the Indiana Jones analogy! Perfect!
Thanks for the boost - I needed that!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, NICKIANA!

Terrific analogy. LOVE the AMY Farrah Fowler dig... so fun. Who is she anyway... some nerdy brainiac. BORING. lol.

I had to smile while reading your last few paragraphs... you are a TRUE TAURUS. Bulls rule! lol And we are STUBBORN when it comes to things we really want.... like LUNCH! LOL WHEN?

I've been in a major slump lately, so I need to keep looking at Indy's winning smile... if that doesn't motivate, nothing will...

Jemi Fraser said...

This made me smile - and I love your conclusion about Indy! Perfect.
Getting word out and about is super tough!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm a redhead, so I understand the stubbornness of getting up again and again.

emaginette said...

Never give up. I think we all could be a bit more like Indy. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I've never watched the Indiana Jones movies, but I like his attitude. I think people would benefit from adopting his attitude, rather than the finger-pointing and apology-demanding attitude that too many people seem to have these days.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That is what we love about Indiana Jones. He keeps on going. I love that comparison. I'm going to get a picture and put it on my desk.

Juneta Key said...

I love it. "And then guess what happened - Nickiana Jones friggin' smiled." You became the heroine, love it, love it, love it.

I grabbed a copy of your book on release day. Have it on my list to read and review. My list has gotten longer so takes longer to get through it but never fear I will get there. Congrats on the release. I have an Author Spotlight too if you ever wanna make an appearance. I like your attitude and you are absolutely right about it will not keep it up if you do nothing.

It is the law of motion: Condense version of Newton's 3 laws of motion.

"Newton's First Law of Motion: I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. This we recognize as essentially Galileo's concept of inertia, and this is often termed simply the "Law of Inertia".

Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Jennifer Lane said...

What an inspiring post! WE SHALL PERSEVERE.

Loni Townsend said...

Rawr! It's great to hear about your success! I really enjoy your vigor and attitude. I hope you overcome many struggles and pull ahead all the more loved (like Indiana Jones). <3

Olga Godim said...

Love your motto: Persevere! I think it is the definition of success. Only those who stop trying fail.

Stephen Tremp said...

Ha! Nickiana Jones. How cool is that!

Cherie Colyer said...

I saw that episode of Big Bang Theory, and I love your reasoning on why Mizz Fowler is wrong. We authors need to keep getting up and doing it again and again if we want to be successful. (I've been waiting to see that movie again, btw, to see if she was right.)

Great post. :)

dolorah said...

Not giving up is a good thing. And he did have an effect on the ending: the ark got found and safely put away. Without all his perserverance, it may have been lost again and wound up in smarter hands next time it was found by villains.

Good luck with all your own efforts. I am sure they make some difference; even if its just giving you something to do instead of fret over outcomes :)

Life is a journey, eh?

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love that! Go Nickiana Indy Jones! :)

I took the survey and tried to take it with pre-writer thoughts. I think before I knew reviews mattered, I really didn't think of doing them at all. Often, friends and family members are surprised that I say that reviews matter . . . sigh. And, I've been asking for three years now. Plus, I have some Luddite readers who don't know how to use Amazon reviews or have Amazon accounts . . . or aren't allowed to use the internet by their parents (this is with some of my teen readers from the more conservative home-school community that believes the internet is out to kidnap their children.)

Feather Stone said...

Spot on, Nicki. Never give up on your goals. I thinks that's what makes Indiana Jones so sexy.

Lidy Wilks said...

Yes, I much prefer being a Indy Jones too. Great post Nicki.