Thank you for taking the time to write a guest post for The Reading Nook Reviews.
I think readers and novice writers make a lot of assumptions about a writer’s debut year, so we’re hoping to get the scoop from you. Could you make a top-ten list of lessons/bits of wisdom that you’ve learned form your debut year, which you’d pass on to future readers/writers?
- Having finished my first novel I was excited to publish it and rushed the process. I had to go back and pay to have the manuscript professionally laid out.
- Living in southern California, it didn’t take me long to realize that the best place to write is sitting on the beach.
- Don’t expect family members to have the time or enthusiasm you have for your book.
- Self publishing is akin to building a fabulous hotel in the desert, it only works if they know you are out there.
- A good YA story appeals to a much older audience than you might have expected.
- Re-read your own book for a confidence boost.
- I did not let below expected sales from book one to slow me down. Just completed my second novel with is aimed at middle grade.
- Get involved with online groups and learn from others.
- It’s all good fun ( keep that in mind )
- Working on any creative project is good for the soul and one’s overall well being.