About ten years ago, I was stuck at a stop sign and had to make a decison: Right turn to go home. Left turn to someone who would likely reject me.
I turned left and drove to a book store called Andersons Book Shop. I asked the woman at the counter if the store would take five copies of my self-published book on consignment. All five other book stores I had asked, including Borders, had said no. She said yes.
Her store ended up selling more than 1,000 copies of my book. One of the book sellers there ended up becoming my agent, selling my book to Little, Brown and Company (think Twilight) for six figures in a two-book deal.
I wish I could say I’ve taken the left turn every time in my career. But I haven’t. Fear of rejection, fear of trying something new, fear of wasting my time have stopped me.
How about you? What stops you from making your left turns? What left turn can you take today? What left turn can you take this week. Being a Kind Author is an invitation to take left turns continuously, knowing that most will be dead ends, but some Magical.