One of my dearest friends on the internet is an author and has been having trouble recently. Being an author, especially an indie author, can be a hair-raising experience of self-doubt, pessimism, and despair. Marketing is a huge struggle for indies, but more than that, finding the right niche of readers to get you book read is difficult. I have host Ani Manjikian on my blog before, several time and I encouraged her to express herself and her frustrations and the poetry she wrote speaks to me and I suspect to many, many of my readers.
The Fake Smile
By Ani Manjikian
I am writer
Creator of worlds and characters
Lover of my craft
Hater of the BS that goes with it
Whine, bitch, complain
No! No! No!
That’ll send the wrong message
You must be in control
Show your strength and pride
Even as you wither and die inside
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