Coping with Success and Failure

As in life, when you write a novel, at some point you will publish it, and then, you face either success or failure. David Khara, author of the Consortium thriller series, enjoyed instant success in France. Here, he shares some thoughts on coping. His advice applies to many endeavors.

You’ve been brave, you fought against yourself, against the odds, against those who told it would never happen, and here it is at last: your book is there, in front of you. It will be sold very soon, online or in bookstores. Now is the time for THE question: will it be successful?

Forget about that. I know it is hard, but you HAVE TO FORGET ABOUT IT.

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Why forget? Because success doesn’t depend on you. Even if your book is pure genius, you never know what’s going to happen, so let go. Something good happens? Take it. Nothing happens? That is the fate of a huge majority of books. Of course, you can hope. Not hoping would be ridiculous. But if nothing happens, do not give up. Do not surrender, and do not start believing you have no talent. A professional has decided to publish your work, this should mean something. Maybe it wasn’t the right time, maybe too many good books were released at the same time, who knows.

Something else could happen: your book could be an amazing success. It could become impossible to open a magazine without seeing your face (this happens to very few writers). Stay calm. It doesn’t mean you’re the best. Maybe you were in the right place at the right time. And still, with success comes exposure and harsh criticism that will hurt your feelings. Put all this aside. Keep doing what you like, keep telling stories. Always imagine you’ll be writing for ten people. And do your best to bring these ten people the only thing that makes sense: entertainment.

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David Khara blog tour: Post about a New Generation of Soldiers

David Khara, the author of the Consortium Thriller series, talks about the series—and in particular about The Morgenstern Project, his most recent release in English—at the blog Queen of All She Reads.

In this interesting post, he says,  "The Consortium thriller series is all about resistance and ethics—resistance against barbarism and fascism, as well as resistance against our own instincts, the dark sides of our souls. As for ethics, well, the term “human experiments” says it all. And of course, Eytan Morg, the hero of the series, embodies these two essential issues. In a way, he is even stuck between them, as we see in The Morgenstern Project. 

Half of the book tells us more about Eytan’s past in a Polish Home Army in the 1940s, the other half, set in the present day, shows how a special commando is created by the US army. This commando is made of soldiers severely wounded on the battlefield, reconstructed with new-generation prosthetics. Sounds a little bit like the “Six Million Dollar Man,” doesn’t it?

Well, if you think this is mere fantasy, coming straight from the tortured brain of a French writer, you are mistaken. Okay, partly mistaken…"

Read the rest here.