Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"i want to be jk rowling"

One of the nicest features of blogspot is the stats function.

With this handy tool, bloggers can see how much traffic their blog has received, where it came from, and all sorts of interesting data to help improve their traffic. No, nothing personal or identifiable - but occasionally, something unusual crops up and presents itself as worthy of commenting.

In this case, it was a person who was directed to this blog after googling the phrase, "i want to be jk rowling".

Stop and think about that for a moment. J.K. Rowling. Author of the Harry Potter series. One of the best-known authors in the world, not to mention the richest. Somewhere out there, someone wanted to be her. And google, in its infinite wisdom, gave that person a link to the very blog you're reading right now.

I am utterly blown away by that. Who the heck are we, anyway? Kindling Press has existed barely a few months, officially. Its authors have been writing for a while, sure, but neither of us is what you would call a bestselling author. There is no reason on earth why anyone using that web search text should have found our blog.

But then again, that person was looking for something - something we're also seeking. Success. Maybe not J.K. Rowling-grade success, but success nonetheless. We're kind of like that anonymous seeker, in our own way. We're working toward it, building readership, exploring new markets and new opportunities, reaching out to other writers and doing everything we can to show them what we think is our best work. So yes - in our own way, we too are trying to become like J.K.R.

So, to the person who found us with that web search, I say: follow your dream. Never let go of it. And be prepared to work really, really hard. Maybe you won't reach that goal, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth trying for. I certainly wouldn't be here, writing this, if I didn't feel the same way you do.

Thanks for reading.

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