Yes to all of this! Indie Publishing is not about “We can do what we want!”. We still have to follow the rules, we have to learn and know what we’re doing.
And I really can’t take a writer seriously who doesn’t read fiction and doesn’t have at least one or two writing advice books on his shelf/e-reader. Writing is a craft and it doesn’t just fall from the heavens. Publishing is also a craft and we have to know how it works.
All right, it’s about to be a brand new year and many of you are wanting to finally see your books published. ROCK ON! But, I am the friend who will tell you if there is toilet paper hanging out of your pants. Writing isn’t all glitter and unicorns and I want to warn you of the most common stumbling blocks, because I really DO want you to succeed.
When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost fourteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you.
Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish. In fact, my last book Rise of the Machines (cover above) is much…
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