The mighty pen returns for the rest of the summer after my first book signing event of the year but the next few months will give my writing tools a different kind of exercise. I have my own publishing hat back on for my next journal, I’m helping three other authors publish their books. Two will be new authors, and one I’ve worked with for the past few years.
The first book is always the hardest but watching my other fellow writers grow and gain their own audience is one of the most rewarding feelings you can have. Helping other people achieve success and tip over their goal markers creates an never ending cycle of energy. I do have to let you know that most of the writers I’ve met, and helped didn’t gain a following right away.
My first recommendation when working with other people who want to publish their own books is to ask them the same questions as large publishers. Do you have your own website and social media? Don’t wait until your published to make yourself known. In fact, you’re more likely to attract a larger publisher because you have a following. Don’t wait for them. Letting people know who you are and what you write will help you connect to other readers and writers. Having a network will only help you succeed faster.
We all need to face the facts of being a published author. Even good books need help selling themselves. Large publishers don’t pour millions into their marketing every year for their authors because it doesn’t work. Writers who publish on their own might not have the budget or employees but it’s easier today, than it was 10 years ago. Like writing, you should make your presence know every day.
I know I set aside time every week to follow other writers, readers, and publishers to get and stay connected. It’s not all about marketing. It’s about finding your voice, exploring, and understanding why some books are more read than others. Investing your own time into your craft helps you grow. Ideas spark other ideas. I often solve my own plot holes by reading other authors.
Never get discouraged if you’re first book isn’t an overnight success. I was encouraged by one writer on TikTok who was brave enough to share her journey and tell her audience that she was pulling her self published book to get it professionally edited. Publishing a book is a journey all on it’s own. Every single writer cringes at their earlier work but you need to start somewhere. Don’t be afraid to revise and put out a better version.
Keep writing out there! I’ll let you know as I get closer to my next publishing day!
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