Current WIP: Capture (Book 2 in the Cryptid Tales)
I asked a bunch of authors what they wished they had known prior to getting in the writing business, here is what they had to say:
My tip: How to stay motivated in writing
Take an hour a day and focus on what you need to do.
1st 15mins Outline: Have a general or detailed idea depending on the type of writer you are of what you're going to write that day
Next 30mins Write like your hands are on fire: Do not stop, do not read it, do not edit, just write
Lat 15mins Reread and edit, this will save you time later during the big editing phase
The more that you've accomplished the more you'll want to sit down and write
Wish I hadn't spent as much time promoting when I published my first
couple of books and had spent those precious hours writing instead. A
lesson hard learned, but a mistake I won't make twice. Being prolific is
healthier to the longevity of a writer's career than the number of
one's twitter followers.
I wish I hadn't spent time emailing agents, especially doing the
research to look for good matches and adding personal touches to the
letters. What a pointless exercise that was.
R M Rowan
I wish I'd known that setting deadlines for yourself is important - even in self publishing.
I wish I knew how much fun this was going to be. I would have done it sooner.
I think it was my sixth ebook when I finally learned that supplying an
untapped, but hungry niche, is the surest way to earn steady sales. I
realized that I had to marry my passions with starving audience's needs
in order to build a sustainable business model. Trying to write the next
best seller in a crowded market led to finding out the hard way that
"results are not typical, individual results may vary.
I'd say that it's all too tempting to believe success equates to cold,
hard numbers of sales. Especially when starting out. In reality, success
is when you keep pursuing your passion for writing.
I'm going to agree with Kevis. I used to spend a lot of time worrying
about Twitter, blogging, doing giveaways, whatever. If I had spent all
that time writing, I could have probably gotten another book (or two!)
out last year. And I would have saved hundreds of dollars on giveaways.
don't send paperback copies of your book to every blogger you can find
online. Shipping costs are outrageous (especially to those little
reviewers in places like New Zealand), and you can get plenty of reviews
just by sending out ebooks. While I treasure the relationships I got
from that expensive mistake, there were much more profitable things I
could have done with the money.
I wish I had known how important a good editing team is for an author's
work. That would have saved me a few 1-stars, worry, fretting, and
stress with my early releases. However, without the income and fans from
those early releases, I probably wouldn't have had such a strong
opening on my first fantasy book; many people who read my earlier stuff
became "True Fans" and continued into my new books. So, it's not a
regret by any means. I would have done things a little differently
knowing what I know now to improve my current situation, but I can't
complain too much.
My writing career is a bit short to have "shoulda-woulda-coulda's" but I
think the idea I most agree with is not focusing too much on promotion,
and just relentlessly putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard and
maintaining the passion to create and write fresh ideas.
At the end of the day, a healthily-selling book usually depends on good
writing. Constantly hone your craft. Do not be complacent and assume
your growth as a writer is done. Immerse yourself in literature that is
miles better than your own writing. Just like you should strive to find
quality friends to better yourself (among other things), search out
quality literature. I guarantee steady immersion will improve your
Check back next week for Wednesday Words to read more tips from great authors!