What I’ve Learned In The Last Year …by Susan Lute
Posted by Susan
It’s a grand adventure we’re on, with plenty of opportunities to learn – always a good thing in my mind. So what have I learned since publishing Jane’s Long March Home? Let’s have a look.
Indie publishing is not for the faint of heart.
Indie publishing is here to stay. So is traditional publishing. Indie and traditional publishers are not enemies. They are comrades in arms.
While a healthy backlist can be the best tool in a new author’s arsenal, eventually you will have to write new material. When that day comes, writing the first draft will be fun. It will also be hard.
You don’t have to do every aspect of publishing a novel yourself. There are resources available. Ask questions. Investigate well.
Tackle one thing at a time. You’ll be more organized, get more done, and avoid becoming overwhelmed with the new skills required to be an indie author.
When you’re indie published, just like in traditional publishing, you need an editorial team – two or three people you trust to tell you when your story takes a right when it should go left, and who also have the skills to be good copy editors.
You will need a marketing team. I don’t know what this looks like exactly, but I’m thinking a street team rather than a publicist (though that might be helpful, too).
Blogging + Facebook + Twitter + Goodreads is the new way to build community.
Reach out to other authors who have traveled the road before you, and who are willing to share what they’ve learned. Their knowledge is invaluable. Pass on what you learn to those coming up behind you.
Never post a terrible review. Never, ever say bad things about another author in a public forum. My mother always said, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Good manners will open many doors. And karma’s a…pain in the ass. What goes around, does indeed come around. I’ve seen it too often to doubt this proverb’s validity.
What have you learned in the last year…as a writer…or reader? Have you found a new author you can’t put down? I’m also curious, have you found a new author on the USA Today List? Will you take the challenge to try one this week?
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Posted on July 23, 2012, in General and tagged author, blogging, Facebook, Goodreads, Indie Publishing, Jane's Long March Home, Kindle Fire, lessons learned, original draft, publishing, revising, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, Susan Lute, The London Affair, The Return Of Benjamin Quincy, traditional publishing, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.