There are a lot of misconceptions about self/indie publishing. The one I hear most and possibly the most annoying is how easy it is. How you're not a "real" author if do it yourself. Well, I'm here to tell you, not only are you a "real" author, you're also a badass. And I want to help you in all your badassery.
Up until this year I’ve had good experiences with my editors--and I’ve worked with five professional, paid editors. I’ve always been someone who is pretty good about understanding the difference between a good, tough edit and subjective choices and almost always err on the editor’s side when it comes down to it. I might love my book, but I know when someone is working with me to make it the best it can be!
As a mother of three listening to the Being Boss podcast about how to manage your business with children was… frustrating. It’s not their fault. The transition from no kids to one is a huge change and learning to adjust your time and priorities is challenging. For me it was actually easier after I had my first child. He put me on a schedule and always napped at the same time but that’s not necessarily normal. I had my...
I started studying marketing and business in 2011. I was a new mother and finally had my little boy on a decent schedule. My friend (and future business partner) Sara was gearing up to find herself an agent and get published. I was just getting back into writing myself and decided I’d help her hunt for agents since she was in school still and surfing the internet is really easy while feeding a baby or trying to stay quiet while he naps.
Success is a tricky beast. That’s why I decided to talk about it today. I’ve been reading a lot about mindset and chasing success. In Joanna Penn’s Successful Author Mindset she gives you tools to maintain or redirect your mindset given certain situations. I truly enjoyed this book and revisit it frequently. However, as I'm going through my goals and plans for my business and finding myself more and more frustrated I realized something. I was losing the mindset battle. The mind is a powerful ally if you have the right mindset but it can also be a powerful foe. "Whether you believe you succeed or not, you're right," is a famous Harrison Ford quote for a reason. I was drowning in my own mind.
Being a successful author is dependent on so many factors, but the first and foremost is you. What you put into your work will show in its quality and its success. When you decide to become an author--even if you take the traditional route--the first thing you need to realize is how much it is going to take. And the first person investing those things will be you. The three most important things to invest are your time, your money, and yourself.
First of all, if you have a good beta reader who you feel benefits your writing, disregard this post.
OK, for the rest of you, lets go over what a beta reader is. Beta readers are people, usually authors who read your work, chapter by chapter and offer suggestions about your story. A lot of first time authors feel they are a necessary step in the publishing process. I felt the same way when I was new to the business. The problem I have with with are as follows (if you stick around till the end I’ll offer you an alternative that I feel will benefit your writing much more than a beta reader:
I know what you're thinking, why do I need to read about how to be accepted? Isn't that the goal? Isn't that the point of my existence right now? I should be able to handle this one.
Well, as it turns out there are several situations you might find yourself in after being accepted that you are not prepared for. So, we decided to share some of those with you so you can prepare for that glorious day and all it will hopefully entail.
This is the first in a three-post series regarding submitting to and interacting with publishers, agents, or another organization. Even if you’re an indie author, you will still have to submit your work—book reviewers, book awards, anthologies, etc. all involve a submission process. Putting your work out there is tough, no matter how seasoned an author you might be, but there are still rules to this game.
This is the first follow up to the 50 Shades of Submission post by V.S. Holmes from last week. I wanted to jump in and get the rejection part out of the way for two reasons, one, it's not nearly as exciting as acceptance and two, we all have to go through it. Writing and publishing is not easy and putting your heart and soul on the line to be judged by another human being is no walk in the park. I was so worried about rejection in the early years of my writing that I actually never expected to be accepted and just resigned myself to it.
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