Why I Want to Self Publish and What I’ve Learned so Far
By Ben, BendStahl WordPress Site, April 8, 2013
Things I have learned about being a successful self published author.
1 . Write lots. This seemed to be one of the most consistently reoccurring tips I see, and it makes sense. The more you write, the more practice you have, the more books you have out there, the more credibility as an author you’ve built. As one of the blogs I’ve read on the subject said “You can’t sell anything if the shelves are bare.”
2. Try and write shorter stories. This ties back into the previous tip a bit. Writing shorter stories allows you to get more content out more quickly and it allows you to a great deal more flexible. I could write a single 100,000 word long story, or I could write four 25,000 word long stories. Writing the four smaller ones allows me to explore different areas of content more quickly, allowing you to gauge what readers want to read more easily.
3. Read lots! And not just Self Publishing help books (although those can be quite helpful) I know this one has been incredibly obvious for me. The more I’ve read the better I’ve become at pin pointing specific things that I like (or don’t like) and then emulate them in my writing. I’m far better at dissecting characters and figuring out what makes them believable or relatable, or what makes them seem fake and plastic.
4. Finish. It’s rather easy to start writing something with every intention of turning it into a master piece. You believe you’re going to polish it until it’s brilliance will make the sun envious. But then something else interests you, maybe another story or maybe another craft. Who knows? Either way, your story is now laying unfinished. It will never shine like the sun if you don’t finish it.
5. This one is more of a reminder rather than something I’ve learned. Self publishing isn’t a road to instant success or riches. Readers are fickle mistress, and very difficult to predict in most situations. The best you can do is write a book that you love, something that you are proud of and want to share. If you do that, and mix in a healthy share of patience, you should be able to achieve victory. Continue reading here…
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- How to be a Successful Writer (renogalsays.wordpress.com)
- Why Indies HAVE to Read and Review Self-Published Work (selfpubadvocate.wordpress.com)
- How We Can (and should) Support Self-Published Authors (bookpeeps.org)