You spend a year or two or maybe 32, writing and perfecting your craft, slap a cover on it, publish on Amazon and rake in the doe.
I hate to burst your bubble. But no.
I'm not sure where this myth came from. Maybe during that breif of moment when all you had to do was write a good book and put it on Amazon (around what 2012?) to be successful but that's not the case anymore.
Being a full-time author is WORK. The reason to be an author is because it's work you like or enjoy. Or you feel fullfillment when you finish a book and put it out into the world. But it’s still work. There will be days you'll hate it. Editing, there's always a point during the editing stage where I feel like the book is complete crap and should be tossed. But that's just the hard work pushing me to make it better.
And I’m not really sorry for telling you. Better I tell you now than you find out on your own after you hit publish on that book and nothing happens.
This does not mean you can’t be successful. You absolutely can. But it’s going to take some work and some time. And some serious thought on what success means to you and why you wanted to do this in the first place.
Human beings are lazy by nature. By no fault of their own. But what this inherent laziness does, is it makes it really easy to work for someone else. Someone else expects you to show up and work for eight hours, most of us would show up and work for eight hours. But when it’s something for ourselves, no matter the business, it’s easy to put it off. To not do the work. That’s why you need SMART Goals, and you need to define success for yourself, and really think about and write down your why. These steps are so important! These are things that will get you through the tough days.
Book marketing is a slow burn. You inch forward everyday. Writing a book is fun, but it's work to get it finished, edit it and make sure it works, and then make sure readers know it exists.
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