A year after publishing my first book
Well, it’s been a little more than a year. About a year and two months, actually. I would have written about this on the true year anniversary of self-publishing Souls of Astraeus, but the past few months have been nuts, for a multitude of reasons. The blog has been neglected for those same reasons, but I’m really going to get back into the swing of things. The good thing is that while the blog has been neglected, my next book, (Akallian Tales #2, Games of Astraeus), hasn’t been, and I’ve gotten a few other important things taken care of. I’ve also improved upon my methods for getting my book(s) and me, out there in 2015.
All in all, I’m extremely proud that a year after publishing, Souls of Astraeus is available in paperback, hard cover, e-book, and audiobook. I’m beholden to no one, which is how I think it should be for every writer, to any degree.
I’ve learned a few great lessons in the 14 months since I’ve published. Within the context of being completely autonomous as a writer, publisher, editor, etc., here they are, in no particular order:
- Read what you think is a final draft as much as you can, (multiple times). Have it read by as many other people as possible. Read what you end up with after all that, out loud, multiple times. You can obviously save yourself some time, money and stress by cutting down on the amount of revisions you need to do.
- Review your formatting with the same unapologetic, and unforgiving eye that Ebenezer Scrooge has of his financial ledgers. Have others review your formatting.
- Learn as much about everything that will help you with your writing as you have the capacity for, (time & resources permitting), to help improve your writing and its presentation.
- The excitement over having a book out there, and any kind of expectations, (though you may deny having any), fades quickly. Plan on that, and know what to replace that energy with. Work on your next WIP, market, promote, contact, network, etc.
- In addition to eliminating expectations and focusing on marketing and future work, enjoy the process and try to remove any self-imposed deadlines out of all equations involving your writing. Your health and your writing will be better for it.
What about you, folks? Any thoughts?
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