International bestselling author Carolyn Arnold shares her writing journey from inspiration to publication. This site offers encouragement to aspiring authors and practical advice for today's ever-changing publishing market.
Self-publishing is both rewarding and challenging—and has no guarantees of success. There are so many books flooding the market these days, and authors need to have a strong game plan more than ever before. The following tips, though not a comprehensive list, are some things to focus on to give yourself a better chance of self-publishing success. 1. Effective immediately: Eliminate the word hobby from your vocabulary. Successful authors view writing as a career. Before I made a single cent with my writing, I would take offense when anyone called my writing a hobby. It’s important you take your writing seriously and view publishing as a business because that’s what it truly is. Not only does this require the right mindset, it demands dedication and consistency. 2. Schedule your time. We all have twenty-four hours in a day, and we have many roles we play, along with numerous responsibilities. That’s why it’s vital to schedule time for writing. Block it out on your calendar and respect …
As writers, we have so much on our to-do lists, and as professional authors, we have even more. The last post touched on just twelve tips that lead to self-publishing success, but there are so many other things involved. And implementing those twelve tips are time-consuming. (See post: 12 Things You Need to Know for Self-Publishing Success.) So how do you find time to take care of life’s other responsibilities as well as find time to play? You add it to your calendar! That sounds easy, but it can be a lot trickier adhering to it! But just like you schedule time for writing, you should allocate time for other aspects of your life as well. And play is very important. I think in today’s world where indie authors are encouraged to produce, produce, produce, it’s too easy to get caught up on the hamster wheel thinking that all sales will stop if we don’t have a new book out every two months. Isn’t it better to focus on producing high-quality product and marketing that product well than run y…
your first book? Congratulations. You’re probably caught up in a whirl of
excitement. After all you’ve
accomplished what so many could never dream of doing. Not only did you write a full-length novel, you’ve
exposed yourself by putting your work out there. You may dream of making good money off it, or
you may have been cautioned not to expect a lot and it will take time for you
to build up a readership.
all this, you still have a lot of work to do.
In some ways when you hit the publish button, your career has just
begun. Sadly with many authors they feel
readers should come to them. Well, good
luck. They feel that now their book is
out there, it’s done.
It’s up to
you as the author to find and hook the readers, or that’s all your book will
be--“out there”, the electronic file just sitting around in Amazon’s server
ready to be downloaded.
So how can
you go about getting your book noticed?
I’ll give you one tip that will set your thinking down the…