10 Things I Didn’t Know About Being An Author

  1. Editing is nerve-wrecking. There’s a certain fear that comes from re-reading all your work with the idea that more people than just yourself is going to read it eventually. You’re just one step closer to sharing it with the public when you start your editing and that’s a scary thought. When your beta-reader or editor comes across errors that you shouldn’t have missed you can’t help but feel that much more nervous. Then again, that’s what beta-readers are there for; to spot the things you didn’t.
  2. Indies are incredibly friendly! I knew this from indie artists and indie bands that I’ve had experience dealing with but it was a pleasant surprise seeing this extended to indie authors. There has been an increasing amount of support for indie authors in the past few years; from popular authors, from small publishers, from bloggers and from people in general who just want to see others achieving success doing something they love. If the person you’re talking to can’t help you, there’s a good chance that they can point you to someone else who can.
  3. No matter what happens some people will always treat me like a kid playing in the sand box. It’s true that there has always been a certain exclusivity to having your work published. With self-publishing you can get your own work out there without having to go through publishers and agents. This method seems to make people believe that the ‘ease’ of self-publishing makes it less reputable and when people realise I’m self-publishing they begin to treat me like a young child who is playing pretend. 
  4. There truly is inspiration in everything. People often ask me how or why I write so much and it really comes down to this, something I only truly noticed after I began publishing; there are so many inspiring things in this world that it’s difficult to keep up with them all. There is always a story to be told about something or someone and this ever-flowing inspiration pushes me to keep writing.
  5. Negative feedback isn’t the end of the world. So some people didn’t get what you were trying to say, so people think you write too simply or too complicated. At the end of the day you can’t please every single reader and I’ve learnt to accept that. I’ve learnt to take reviews with a pinch of salt; I take on certain feedback and try to look at my work objectively with that feedback in mind. Where I feel I can improve I will but in aspects that I think I did best I’ve learnt not to take that negative criticism to heart.
  6. Self-publishing is incredibly difficult but unbelievably rewarding. Nobody ever said successfully self-publishing was going to be easy. There’s so much more to it but I think that is what makes it so appealing to me; it’s a project, it’s something you discover for yourself through trial and error regardless of how much advice you may get. Having a hand in each and every part of a project is probably the most fun I will ever have in my life.
  7. There’s more marketing than writing involved. That’s the sad truth of it. You’ll spend so much time marketing, especially at the time of a new release, that you’ll wonder where all your writing time went. Although, as previously stated, book bloggers and some groups love indies so much that there really is very little resentment to the time spent marketing. With some good planning you can avoid getting caught in the marketing rut.
  8. You can’t be conscious of the reader. I actually learnt this years ago when I began writing lyrics for my friend’s compositions but it was further reinforced in my mind only when I began publishing in June. There is such a thing as stage fright even as a writer. By being constantly aware of the people who are going to read your story you become influenced and may change things because you think it’s not what they want or it may be too embarrassing. Thinking about the readers is thoughtful to an extent but may not always be in their best interest either. The way to write honestly is to write for myself and I can’t do that thinking about readers.
  9. There is such a thing as over doing it. The moment I start over-thinking and over-planning and it all becomes far too much it stops being fun. At that point I put all publishing thoughts aside and go back to doing what I love most; writing and writing alone.
  10. Planning ahead should be put into motion immediately. I lost a number of Blog Tour opportunities simply because, even though I had planned it in my head well in advance, I had not started sending out the emails quickly enough. Self-publishing doesn’t take an extraordinary or excessive amount of planning but it takes some planning and putting those plans into action immediately in order to be successful.
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