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.
There are many reasons to use a pen name some are personal while others are smart career choices. Have you ever googled your name? How many people with your exact name are out there? For me this was the initial catalyst into my decision to create a pen name. I am the only one. When I google myself, married or maiden name, I am the only one who pops up. This can be useful when trying to build a brand but its also a bit scary. I have two kids to think about and I don't really want people being able to find out where I live or other personal information from a simple online search.
If you missed Part 1 click here!
It started out as barbed remarks. A competitor messaged me, saying hi, how was I doing? My picture looked so nice! He would rather lose to me than anyone else. He’d read my sample, and honestly my writing wasn’t very deep. I used phrases like “giggling”. Not very mature, or, apparently, good writing.
As you're getting ready to publish, you've probably started hearing about ARCs. Advanced Reader Copies are something the traditional publishers use to get early reviews.
Entering contests held by publishing houses can be a great way to get your foot in the publishing door. Here is the story of how author, Amy Spitzfaden, did just that with her debut novel Untold.
When I got the idea for Untold I had the feeling, “this is one I think I can go all the way with.” I’d had the thought before (“I’ll publish this one, I know I will!”), but there was something special about Untold. Maybe it was because it was the first novel I’d started drafting that had a strong focus on plot, instead of solely characters/setting, or maybe it was because I was staring down the barrel of my last year of college and needed a plan for what to do after. Whatever the reason, I picked up the idea and ran with it.
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