It’s Week 51 of the MFRW 52-week Blog Challenge – 1 more week to go and I’ll have posted every week for an entire year. Wowza!
This week’s topic prompt is Advice for New Authors. As a newbie, myself, I can not wait to read the other author’s wisdom. I’m not sure how much advice I have to offer, but I’ll tell you some things I’ve learned over the past year:
- Learn all you can about marketing – starting from Day One. I’m spending a crap ton of time marketing these days and it’s helpful, but not earth shaking in terms of sales. I’ll get there (higher sales) eventually, and I’m certainly in a better position than I was last year, but I feel like I should have read some marketing books/articles before I ever started typing. Right now, I have no idea how this could ever be a full-time gig, although that’s my goal.
- Learn all you can about writing – starting from Day One. For example: it took me months to get POV down (I sometimes still find head-hopping when I go back to edit). I am learning about blurb writing and taglines and hooks, etc – all the “ingredients” that can make or break a book’s sales.
- Write, write, write! I just read something that basically said to spend a tiny amount of time marketing and the vast majority of time writing more books. Apparently, the more you have out there, the better ALL your work sells. That makes sense. I’ll just have to learn to write faster.
- Write a series (not the cliffhanger kind – readers hate that). Write several books that pertain to the same setting/family/friends/job/whatever makes them cohesive. Readers like to pick up Book 2 and see how the couple they fell in love with from Book 1 are doing (are they married? pregnant? adopting a puppy?).
- Don’t expect to publish a book and become the Next Bestselling Author. It ain’t gonna happen. J.K. Rowling and E. L. James were not only lucky, they were in the right place at the right time. Not to take anything away from them, but the world was ready for their stories. For example – I daresay if 50 Shades of Grey had been published twenty years ago, it would have never become a hit. Society hadn’t hit the point of accepting bondage in a romance.
These are the main points I can think of. Any advice for me? PLEASE leave it in the comments section!
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