1. It takes time to build your audience-
Be patient. If you’re in it for the ride, you’ll be successful.
2. Shortcuts don’t work-
A daily commitment to your writing and promotion is the only way to succeed.
3. You will spend a lot of money-
Digital Publishing. Book printing. Publicity. It costs money.
4. Be skeptical of where you spend money-
Beware scammers and sharks who say they can turn you into a best-seller in 30 days! Ask questions, get references, and do your research.
5. Pricing is key-
Unknown authors shouldn’t charge too much for eBooks.
6. You may receive bad reviews-
Art is subjective. No book is perfect. And plenty of classics still don’t get 5 star reviews on Amazon. If the critism is contructive, learn from it.
7. Remember etiquette-
Concentrate on the positives. You’ve gotta let negativity brush off your shoulders.
8. You’ve gotta be tough-
“No one puts Baby in the corner!” Be persistent. You’ll have to fight for things.
9. Go after the big guns-
Every publicity opportunity begets another publicity opportunity. Just because you’re self-published doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pitch yourself to CNN, the Today Show, etc. You might get lucky! But make sure you’re prepared.
10. Keep learning-
There’s a lot to figure out early on, and the landscape keeps changing. So you need to stay open to new ideas
To Your Success,