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I work with a lot of writers, and by far the most frustrated, disappointed, and confused writers I work with aren’t the ones chasing after the publication of their first book.

It’s the ones who have already published their first book.

How do you publish your book and sell your first 1,000 copies?

The Frustrated Writers’ Journey

Here’s what happens:

Step 1: Slave Over the Blank Page. You spend thousands of hours over several years writing your masterpiece. It becomes your baby, a creation birthed from nothing.

You can’t wait to see it in print. You can’t imagine how it could not become a bestseller.

Step 2: Submit. You finally finish your book and send it to agents and publishers. Their websites say you might have to wait three months to hear back, but you can’t imagine it will take them more than two weeks to realize your book needs to be published immediately.

Step 3: Receive Rejection Letters. Two weeks go by, then a month, then three months. Four months later, you finally email the publishers. You receive a form rejection letter in reply, “…this book doesn’t match our current needs…”

Step 4: Self-Publish. You’re disappointed, sure, but this isn’t 1992. You have other options. You decide to self-publish, and find a company online who will edit, design, print, and market your book for only $4,997. You swallow hard before writing the check, but you’re sure you’ll recoup your investment in no time.

Step 5: You Read Your Name In Print, Finally! You’re book is published. It’s live on Amazon. It’s up on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Library Thing, and everything in between. You’re even getting a few reviews from blogs and on Amazon. You can’t wait to get your first royalty check. Show me the money!

Step 6: Crickets. But then the sales don’t come. You send increasingly desperate emails to your friends and family, “Have you bought my book yet? Are you telling people about my book? You do know I just wrote a book, right?” You sign up for Twitter to promote your book, but you only have seven followers. Your friends and family stop responding to emails. You receive your first royalty check. It’s $58.13.

You have just caught frustrated author syndrome. What the heck happened?

6 Steps to Avoid Frustrated Author Syndrome

You probably don’t think this could happen to you, but I’ve talked with enough first time authors suffering from frustrated author syndrome that I know this story is closer to the rule than the exception.

It doesn’t have to be like this, but to avoid this experience, it’s not enough to just do more—more promotion, spend more money—you have to completely change your approach to publishing.

Below are six things you can do to avoid frustrated author syndrome. They’re based on the six rules of Story Cartel, which we’re diving into in the Story Cartel Course. To learn more about how to publish your book successfully, sign up for a free preview of the Story Cartel Course here.

1. Publish Early and Often

I know you want to write booksbut while you’re working on your first book, you can publish other forms to build your audience.

I always recommend that people recycle chapters from failed novels and works in progress into short stories. You can also a blog and share excerpts from your work in progress. Post stories as notes on Facebook. Compose 140 character stories on Twitter.

These “small shares” won’t make you famous, but they will help you start to create a core group of fans you can leverage later on.

2. Build Your Cartel

Every writer needs a Cartel.

A Cartel is defined as an agreement amongst competitors. You can choose to treat other writers as competitors for the attention spans of busy readers, or you can choose to treat them as potential allies,  in other words, as your team.

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had the Inklings. Virginia Woolf had the Bloomsbury Group. Jack Kerouac had the Beats. Hemingway had the Lost Generation. Most of the writers we consider masters had a Cartel. Before you publish your first book, you need to start building yours.

3. Write a Better Story

Marketing is important, but the best marketing you can do is to make your story as good as it possible could be. In my work as an editor and book reviewer, I’ve noticed five major mistakes authors make in their creative writing. Here are the solutions:

  1. Your Protagonist Must Choose – A protagonist who doesn’t make important choices that determine his or her fate isn’t a protagonist at all. He or she is a background character. 
  2. These Choices Must Be Hard - The most important decisions we make, such as who to marry, whether to change careers, when to have children, are difficult, and we rarely make them in a moment’s notice. Your protagonist shouldn’t either.
  3. Cut Superfluous Characters – Stephen Koch says, “The warning sign of a story that is growing disorganized is likely to be too many characters.” It’s difficult to cut characters or merge two together—these are your creations, your friends, after all—but it will tighten your story and add drama.
  4. Set the Scene – Readers shouldn’t be confused about where or when your scenes are taking place. Unless it’s already clear, make sure you describe the setting and time at the start of every scene.
  5. Three Drafts – Most professional writers write in three drafts. The first is for figuring out what your story is about, the second, for major structural changes, and the third is for polishing. One draft is rarely enough.

4. Writers Read

Reading is both a tool to improve your writing—as Stephen King said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write”—and a way to network and build your Cartel. As you gear up to publish your book, read other books within your genre, and consider reaching out to the authors for advice and help.

5. Generosity Sells Books

The key to selling books is word of mouth. How do you build word of mouth?

Generosity.

Your friends, family, and core readers should never have to buy a book.. Give them as many copies as they want. Ask them to read it, and if they enjoy it, to share it with their friends. My friend Mike Worley works with publishers to market books, and he told me he can predict sales three months later by the number of copies he gives away today.

(By the way, the best way to give your book away for free is Story Cartel.)

6. Use the Right Tools

Most authors know they should blog and use Twitter, but how do you get the most out of these tools? As part of the Story Cartel Course, we developed a guide for authors to get the most out of the online tools available today. It’s called 5 Tools to Share Your Story Further. You can get your free copy if you sign up for updates from The Story Cartel Course. 

You can sign up to receive free preview lessons from the Story Cartel Course, and get our guide, 5 Tools to Share Your Story Further, by clicking here.

What do you think? What can authors do to avoid “frustrated author syndrome”?

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About Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).

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  • http://www.ipaintiwrite.com/ Pamela Hodges

    Great course. No, really I mean it. Joe, is very active in the forums, reading and giving suggestions. I was in the first class. Now off I go to write and publish a book.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      Do it.

  • http://DesireeMMondesir.com/ Desiree M. Mondesir

    This perfectly describes me!!! And I love the wisdom provided in this post as well as the course! I look forward to completing and implementing it!

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      Thanks Desiree!

      • http://DesireeMMondesir.com/ Desiree M. Mondesir

        You’re welcome! :)

  • George McNeese

    This is a great post. I am looking forward for the opportunity to participate in this course. I want to become a better writer, and one day, write a book.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      We’d love to have you. This could be a great foundation for you, George.

  • Christine

    I love the idea of giving away books, but… I’ve gone the route of self-publishing. My books will cost me $7 each plus $2 each for the publishing package, plus copy editing, artwork, shipping & handling. Do the math. How many can I afford to give away at over $9 each?

    • R.w. Foster

      I’m curious: Why is it costing you that much?

      • Christine

        Breakdown:
        For 160-page book, poetry and short fiction stories, “print on demand”, $6.90 each (Hopefully no tax added!)

        Initial publishing package $1500 –add $2 per book (if I sell 750 copies. If I sell 1500 copies it will only be $1 per book.)

        Artwork $100 (10 images from Shutterstock.) I’m doing some myself as well, but must pay $5 for each graphic insertion over the first free ten. (If I want 15 graphics it will cost me $25 extra, etc.)

        Copy-edit –which the printing company won’t do for free– ??
        (I somehow thought it would be included. I thought they’d supply the graphics, too, or at least the cover photos. Nope, only the cover design. There’s a difference. You learn a lot as you go along.)

        If I had the upfront cash to pay for printing, say1000 ($5-6 K) each book would probably have cost me half this amount.

        Shipping and handling.

        • R.w. Foster

          Wow. That’s a lot. I’m not 100% certain, but I think Create Space, and KDP is much cheaper with the POD. I believe Create Space takes care of the costs of shipping and printing from their cut (which, I think is 30% of each book), and all you have to do is set the price & upload to them. I’m still investigating which is why I’m not 100% on them. In the future, I can hook you up with the gentlman who’s doing my cover for $130. Somthing to think about, though?

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      Hi Christine. First, I wouldn’t give away print copies unless people asked for them. Kindle and Nook files (or even a PDF) are generally sufficient. For your closest readers, a hard copy might be a good investment. A traditional publisher might give away 100 copies of a book to journalists, bloggers, and tv and radio shows.

      Second, who are you doing print on demand with? I’ve published several books with both CreateSpace and Lightning Source and pay about $2.35 per copy, POD, for a 150 page book. $7 seems awfully high.

      • Christine

        Being a Canadian, I opted for Friesen Press from Victoria BC. I chose them because I thought I’d get to go over my manuscript with a professional editor — and maybe I will yet. But their package hasn’t proved as “all-inclusive” as I would have expected. As I’ve said, live & learn.

  • Jay Warner

    Joe’s upfront and personal approach is exactly what a new writer (or a procrastinating one) needs to push to the next level. If you’ve ever wanted to write, have written but now you need to publish, have published but now you need to market, this course will get you there. Best investment I have made this year was signing up for the Story Cartel Course. And the biggest bonus of all is being part of the Story Cartel. I’ve met some wonderful people who I hope will become lifelong friends as we all pursue our dreams of writing and publishing, and being read.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      Wow. This means so much to me. Thanks Jay!

  • Ryan Hodge

    You’re killing softly Joe…but my first royalty check was $62.49, so there! :p

    I’ve been peddling my book, Wounded Worlds, on Amazon HARD — but the best success I saw was when I offered it free for four days. It was PAINFUL to see it moved 281 copies and not see a cent for it, but it’s got multiple 5-Stars so far…so I hope it’s a matter of time before the WOM starts to spread. I tell you what, though, I really want a professional review -but the book’s online only. Any thoughts how I should go about seeking one?

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      Ha! Way to go, Ryan. That’s one cup of coffee more! :)

      Reviews are worth it, man. You know John Locke paid $25 per review (which was sleazy and evil, don’t do that). You got all those for free. Count your blessings. Many reviewers will take eBooks. I’d look to radio, maybe your local NPR station, places like that.

      Also, remember journalists are writers too, and they’re often aspiring novelists. While I wouldn’t go guns blazing pitching your book, try making a few friendships with them. It won’t just help you figure out how to get your book into traditional media, these kinds of friendships will also hone your chops. The key is never ask them for favors until your close. They all have sharp noses for self-interest.

  • R.w. Foster

    Say Joe, how rough can we upload for opinions? I’ve finished my first draft and am getting ready to do my first round of edits before I look up a professional editor.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      On StoryCartel.com? It should be a finished book, not a manuscript. However, I definitely recommend getting 30 beta readers or more before you publish. (Friends, family, and core readers are great people to ask for this.) But my process is to do two drafts before showing anyone, then hiring a pro for draft 3, then sending it to beta readers. It’s tempting to get it into people’s hands as soon as possible, but they’ll be a lot more likely to talk about your book if it’s nearly finished when you give it to them to read.

    • oddznns

      Hi R.w. for story cartel it shouldn’t be rough. Now, on the course, it can be whatever you like. Then you wait for the comments. We’ll be friendly, but we’ll also be honest. There is a website called leanpub.com where you can post your WIP and see what the audience reaction is. I’d say do the storycartel course first. Leanpub is way too public for a first or second draft.

  • Suzanne D Williams

    Great advice, which as a self-publishing author, I’ve used, and I can say it works. I’m well over 1k now.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      That’s awesome, Suzanne! Where can I find your book?

  • http://www.storiesworthsharing.net/ Mirel

    I add my endorsement to those of all the other first-course graduates. A wonderful course, and a great way to connect with like-minded people. I certainly think I’ve made some new friends, and will probably do the course the second time as well, to reconnect with old friends, meet some new ones, and get another chance to digest it all.

  • Chaitanya

    ‘Change Your Thinking’ kind of useful advice. Really, useful.

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      Thanks!

  • Reba Linker

    I am formatting my new book, Follow the Yarn, to be read on Kindle. (I am also getting it published in paperback, but that is another matter). My question is: once I upload my file to Amazon/Kindle, how can I give away FREE copies? My book is too long (I think) to send out a ‘homemade’ PDF file. Do I have to ‘buy’ the book from Amazon in order to give it out? (even if I just charge $1.99, a thousand copies is still $1,999!) Thank you so much – I really appreciate your answer to this question!

    • http://joebunting.com Joe Bunting

      You have a few options here. The first is to do Amazon KDP Select and give your book away for 5 days on Kindle. Second, you can upload your book on Smashwords and set the price to $0, then Amazon will price match to free as well. Last, you can give it away free on storycartel.com. I’m biased, but I think this is the best option. You keep the email list of readers you get, plus you get reviews. Not a bad deal.

  • oddznns

    This is a great course. If you want to write and you want to be read, you should take it.
    This is what has happened to me since taking the course.
    (1) I relaunched an e-edition of my hardcopy book Learning to Fly on Amazon. I’ve got 200+ downloads. This is more of an international audience that I’ve had ever!
    (2) There were lots of writing prompts in the course. I got loads of tough love feedback, much more than on The Write Practice, where we tend to be gentle. When I repackaged 3 of the short stories that came from the course and sent it off to one publisher and got a Yes immediately. So even for an experienced writer, there was a quantum leap in the quality of my writing.
    (3) I’m learning how to promote my next novel AND I’ve stumbled on a new formula … Sell the rights to a traditional publisher in my little country of Singapore but RESERVE my US book rights. Next year, if I don’t get a US publisher to buy my book, self-publish it for North America using everything I’ve learnt on the course.
    Go for this course guys! It will reap unbelievable dividends.

  • Vincent

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  • Randy L. Pendleton

    Great post. I rarely ever post comments these days, but I had to with this. I have a book being released in January & will definitely sign up for this. It seems practical and hey, Joe sounds nice. I’m hoping I’ll benefit :)

  • Carlos Antonio Ojeda

    Carlos Antonio Ojeda
    (Cerebrum) La Verdad Enganosa.

    Apariencia: una mentira ficticia que nos lleva a
    dejar de vivir la realidad.

    Desde el pricipio de los tiempo el hombre se ha enganado a
    si mismo y tratando de enganar a los demas mostrandose como
    realmente no es, tratando de que los otros vean lo major solamente y nos los
    defectos, mostrandose de una forma que realmente no es.

    En todo libro de ensanasa tantos religiosos como
    de formacion personal o psicoligia hablan de una u otra manera de la apariencia. Y todos considen con
    que no es mas que un engano asia los demas y lo peor que
    asia nosotros mismos.

    Vivimos en una sociedad que vive mas de apariencia que
    otra cosa. Intentamos mostrar una imagen al mundo ,que no somos. Lo hacemos
    todo el tiempo. Usamos ropa de marcas , Relojes que tardamos anos en pagar al
    haber sacado a credito, Celulares caros y no nos alcanza para comer una Buena
    comida cuando la deseamos. Nos hipotecamos hasta el cuello quedando
    completamente insolventes, pero compramos la mejor casa aunque nos cuente
    noches de suenos y dias de estress pensando como la vamos a pagar . Alardeamos de lo populares que somos, de las mujeres o los
    hombres que tuvimos como novias o novios, pero la verdad que estamos
    completamente solos en casa cada noche. Tenemos en Facebook miles de amigos que
    no conocemos nada de ellos, ya que te dicen lo que quieren que tu sepas acerca
    de ellos, aparte hablamos con dos o tres de vez en cuando. Nos mostramos muy
    seguros de nosotros mismos, atrevidos y proactivos, pero somos inseguros y
    dudamos de todo.

    Todo el tiempo estamos mostrando una imagen para ser
    aceptados, pero que no es lo que somos en realidad. En los adolescentes es bien
    notorio pero aceptable. Ya en personas adultas (o supuestamente maduras), es
    algo patético y lamentable. Sin embargo, aunque lo censuramos en otros, lo
    hacemos nosotros.

    A veces nos engañan, a veces engañamos, pero hay una
    realidad. No importa que quieras aparentar, hay alguien que no compra la imagen
    que querés vender. Tu propia realidad. Dios sabe bien quien eres y que eres.
    Dios el Creador siempre supo, sabe y sabrá que hay en tu corazón y en tu mente.
    Cuanto hay en tu bolsillo o en tu cuenta de banco, cuantos conocimientos tiene
    tu memoria y hasta donde puedes llegar. A Él no lo podemos engañar. Porque Dios
    te ha creado.

    Dios no actúa por las apariencias ni cambia el juicio por
    lo que escucha de vos o sobre vos. Las personas somos influenciables. Y si 10
    personas hablan mal de vos, no cambiara nada, solo sera lo que ellos piensan de
    ti. Dios lo sabe. Él tiene perfecta justicia al evaluar a cada uno. Y no se
    deja llevar por las apariencias.

    Y
    hay algo que a Dios le encanta. Es que sus hijos tengan amor de Él. No es una
    imagen espiritual, ni vender una mirada o una frase religiosa. No es asistir a
    las reuniones y cantar con los ojos cerrados. No es orar largo y complicado en
    público o hacerte el predicador de turno. El Amor a Dios se ve en tu conducta
    cotidiana, cuando viajas en el autobuss a la mañana, cuando jugas al futbol con
    los amigos, en tu casa al hablar con tus padres o hermanos. Con tu esposa, en el trabajo cuando hablás con los
    demas.

    Es bien
    conocido que como lucimos ante los demás esta relacionado con nuestra
    autoestima y con nuestra auto percepción; es por ello que cualquier cambio en
    nuestra apariencia física puede afectar nuestro estado actual del yo si es que
    no tenemos la capacidad para aceptar y adaptarnos a estos cambios, de la misma
    forma esto repercute directamente en su estado emocional, en su calidad de vida
    y en su funcionamiento personal, familiar, social y laboral.

    Numerosos estudios muestran cómo la
    insatisfacción con la imagen corporal está asociada a una baja autoestima,
    pobre autoconcepto, problemas en la identidad de género, ansiedad
    interpersonal, problemas sexuales y trastornos depresivos. Partiendo de la
    definición de Raich vamos a considerar la imagen corporal como un constructo multidimensional que hace
    referencia a cómo uno percibe, imagina, piensa, siente y se comporta respecto
    a su propio cuerpo.

    Como podemos observer en las Religiones y Deciplinas mas
    populares del mundo hablan de lo mismo, no importe a que grupo
    pertenescas, lo importante es aceptar que a todos se les dio principios, reglas
    e informacion para que podamos entender el sentido de la vida y darnos cuenta
    que todos somos hermanos. Ya que todos venimos de una misma primera molecula. El ARN: la molécula precursora
    de la vida

    Cristianismo: Esta religión nació en el año 30 después de Cristo,
    tiene más de 2,100 millones de seguidores a lo largo del mundo (principalmente en Amércia Latina y en Europa). Nosotros, los cristianos creemos en
    Cristo (de ahí su nombre) y esta religión se divide en varias Iglesias, como: la católica, la ortodoxa, la bautista, la
    evangélica, la protestante, etcetera.;

    La Biblia uno de los
    Libros mas leidos del mundo, pone
    bien en claro la problematica de la apariencia.

    Samuel 16:7 – “Y Jehová respondió a
    Samuel: No mires a su parecer, ni a lo grande de su estatura, porque yo lo
    desecho; porque Jehová no mira lo que mira el hombre; pues el hombre mira lo
    que está delante de sus ojos, pero Jehová mira el corazón”.

    Lo que
    realmente somos no esta ligado con nuestra apariencia. Está en la Biblia, 1
    Timoteo 2:9-10, “Asimismo que las mujeres se atavíen de ropa decorosa, con
    pudor y modestia; no con peinado ostentoso, ni oro, ni perlas, ni vestidos
    costosos, sino con buenas obras, como
    corresponde a mujeres que profesan piedad”. 1 Pedro 3:3-4, “Vuestro
    atavío no sea el externo de peinados ostentosos, de adornos de oro o de
    vestidos lujosos, sino el interno, el del
    corazón, en el incorruptible ornato de un espíritu afable y apacible, que es de
    grande estima delante de Dios”.

    El Islam: Surgió en Arabia
    Saudita en el siglo VII. Su libro sagrado es el Corán, y tiene alrededor de
    1,300 millones de seguidores, que su mayoría vive en el norte de África, Bangladesh e Indonesia.

    Vestirse
    con fines de ostentación y vanidad La regla general para el goce de las cosas buenas de la vida, como la
    comida, la bebida y la vestimenta, es que deben ser usadas sin extravagancias o
    vanidad.

    La extravagancia consiste en exceder los
    límites de lo que es benéfico en el uso de lo permitido; mientras que la
    vanidad es algo relacionado a la intención y al corazón más que a lo físico y
    material. La vanidad es la intención de verse superior y por encima de los
    demás: “Para que no desesperéis sino conseguís
    algo y para que no os regocijéis si lo conseguís. Dios no ama a nadie que sea
    presumido, jactancioso” (57:23).

    El profeta (B y P) dijo: “El
    día de la Resurrección, Dios no mirará a aquella persona que arrastra su túnica
    tras de sí por vanidad” [79].

    A fin de evitar incluso las sospechas de
    vanidad, el Profeta prohibió a los musulmanes vestir las “ropas de la
    fama”, que son las que se visten para impresionar a los demás y que generan
    vanas competencias inútiles y más inútiles esfuerzos. Hay un hadiz que dice: “El
    día de la Resurrección, Dios vestirá con las ropas de la humillación a aquel
    que viste las ropas de la fama” [80].

    Un hombre preguntó a Ibn Omar: “¿Qué
    clase de ropas debo vestir?” Ibn
    Omar respondió: “Aquellas que no provoquen la burla de los
    débiles de mente (por ser feas y baratas) ni las que provoquen la crítica de
    los sabios (por ser excesivamente caras)”[81].

    Llegar
    a extremos en el embellecimiento al cambiar lo que Dios creó

    El Islam denuncia tales excesos al
    embellecerse pues requieren alterar los rasgos físicos que Dios creó. El Corán
    considera tales alteraciones como inspiradas por Satán, quien dijo “…He
    de extraviarles, he de inspirarles vanos deseos, he de ordenarles que hiendan
    las orejas del ganado y que alteren la creación de
    Dios. Quien tome como amigo al Demonio, en lugar de tomar
    a Dios, está manifiestamente perdido” (4:119).

    Hinduismo: Su
    nacimiento fue en el año 1750 antes de Cristo. Es una religión politeísta, con
    más de 870 millones de creyentes, la mayoría de India, Bangladesh, Nepal,
    Indonesia, Malasia y Pakistán.

    La apariencia, engano, mentira.

    Religión
    Tradicional China: Creencia politeísta e influenciada por el budismo,
    confucianismo y taoísmo. Tiene 405 millones de seguidores en China. Algunos de sus dioses son: Guan Yu (de la verdad y
    lealtad), Baosheng Dadi (emperador de la vida) y Hu Ye (espíritu guardián).

    Budismo: Fundada
    en el siglo V antes de Cristo por Siddharta Gautama, o mejor conocido como Buda. Tiene cerca de 378 millones de fieles,
    principalmente en China, Japón, Tailandia, Vietnam, Corea del Sur, Taiwán e
    India

    Sijismo: Fundada por
    Gurú Nanakm, es una mezcla del hinduismo y
    el islam. Tiene más de 25 millones de creyentes, en el que el 90 % está en
    India, y el otro 10 % está esparcido en el mundo.

    Judaísmo: Es la religión monoteísta
    más antigua, surgida en el año 2000 antes de Cristo, en Canaán (Israel). Tiene 15 millones de seguidores a lo largo del planeta

    La
    Torá dice: “Distánciate de las palabras de falsedad” Este es el único pecado
    sobre el que la Torá nos advierte que nos “distanciemos”

    La Tora nos ordena “te alejarás de las mentiras”

    Ahora como es possible que no nos damos cuenta que estamos
    tan enfocados en mostrarnos de una manera bonita y agradable a la sociedad de
    que nos olvidamos de quienes somos realmente y ser felices, hasta nos olvidamos
    de lo que nos gusta, y hacemos cosas que en realidad no nos llena, las hacemos
    solo para agradar a los que nos rodean. Estamos tan concentrados en nuestra
    apaciencia que llegamos a entrar muchas veces en un deprecion sin salida, ya
    que hagamos lo que habamos no podemos gustar a todo el mundo, hay personas que
    simplemente piensan distinto y les gusta otra cosa, y eso es lo lindo de esta
    vida, que nos gusta cosas diferentes. Imaginese l orroroso que seria si a todos
    los gusta la misma mujer el mismo hombre, el mismo automovil, la misma casa, lo
    mismo en todo, seria una querra interminable entre nosotros ya que hay tantas
    cosas en este paraiso que vivimos que nunca terminariamos de querer lo que la
    otra persona tiene.

    La idea de este pequeno escrito que hoy les ofresco es
    ayudar a que nos demos cuenta un poco de las cosas erroneas que estamos
    enfocandonos cuando se trata de la apariencia.

    En la mayoria de los libros antiguos, nuevos o the cualquier
    tiempo tanto religiosos como de cualquier dotrina, bueno en un sin fin de
    libros de esta indole encontraremos que nos habla de nuestra apariencia, y
    apesar de todo esto nosotros seguimos con la misma idea hacerca de esta.
    Creemos que se trata de como me veo
    enfrente de los demas o que piensan de mi, y esta es una completa burrada.

    Quedan en ustedes decidir si siguen enganandose or si
    empiesan a disfrutar de la perfection que la creacion ha construido en todos
    nosotros.

    Carlos Antonio Ojeda (Cerebrum) La Verdad Enganosa