- Go into it with real expectations.
- Write as much as you can.
- Link everything.
- Concentrate on 1 social media outlet.
- Be a professional.
Go into the profession of writing with real expectations. On average, we don’t make a lot. And in most cases it’s a hand-to-mouth line of work. If you accept this early on, it’ll soften the first blow. That’s when a bulk of authors become frustrated and quit.
Write (and read) as much as you can. Not just a little each day. You need to treat writing as your job and approach it as though every month is NaNoWriMo. If you want to be successful, you need to outwork everyone around you. 15 pages a day, no less.
Link everything. Create a decent website and every other spot your writing shows up online should be linked back to your home page. We all know that. But a lot of folks neglect to link their books in other books or they get lazy and refuse to link their newer work inside their older books. Don’t be lazy.
So #4 won’t be so popular, but I believe it’s correct. When promoting, it’s always better to find your niche rather than try to promote your work to everyone. The same goes with social media. Focus on one social media site and build it up, rather than spreading yourself too thin.
If writing is your job – be professional. You’re going to be competing with some of the brightest minds in the world! Don’t come at this with a generic cover. Don’t skip having your work edited. Readers are fantastic people and they’ll pick up on things very quick. If you can’t do your very best then do everyone a favor and do nothing.
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