Every time I publish a book – and as you’ve seen in previous posts – I like to reflect on what I’ve learnt from each of them and I always learn something. No matter how many books you publish there’s always more to learn. A few months a go I publish my 10 and 11th books.
Here’s what I learnt from books 10 and 11:
- It’s important to publish on a fairly regular basis. By publishing regularly readers don’t forget about you and it’s a great way of building your audience more.
- Publishing shorter novels is a great way of building up your back-list. Every author nowadays need to have a fairly large blacklist to engage readers and promote their books. By writing shorter novels, short stories or novellas you can build up your back-list easily and quickly. I discovered that I like writing shorter novels in general and my audience seems to prefer them over my longer books.
- No matter how experienced you are something claws go wrong. No matter how many books you’ve launched whether it be 2 or 20 something can always go wrong in the launch. It’s best to always be prepared for anything and deal with it without getting too stressed out.
- Newsletter swaps are great way of promotion. Newsletter swaps where you advertise another’s authors book in your newsletter in exchange for them advertising your book in their newsletter is a great way of promoting your new release.
What lessons have you learned by publishing your books?