First of all, this is not advice, because deep down 90% of people never take the advice when someone gives it anyway.
Secondly, I writing this blog more for myself (self talk), but if it helps others . . . awesome!
My suggestion: Focus on your own writings.
Do not worry if some self-published writer had 60 novels and three amazon awards.
(It doesn’t make you any less of a writer.)
Just say congrads and if they have a book give away, read it and see what the hype is. (Note: They might not even be in your genres.)
Write down your goals and dreams and focus on what you want to do for you.
Be happy when you even get one fan (that is not a friend or family, who would say that you are good no matter what. . . And thank your family for their support and putting up with you. . . you can get cranky interrupted from your writing mode. )
Enjoy the compliments. (Say thank you and focus back into your work)
Use the criticism to help your work. (Remember not everyone is going to enjoy your work. Focus on your target audience, once your figure out who they are.)
Stop comparing your work to others.
Your work is different and your fans enjoy work.
Focus and you can make your dreams come true!