Whenever I publish a book I like to look back on all the things I’ve learned from each book. You can check out what I learned with my first book here.
- Fiction and nonfiction books are very different: very different to write and have very different audiences. I’ve always been a fiction writer at heart and a few years ago I never would have thought I would write any kind of non-fiction book, but after learning about publishing and what it takes to be an indie author I felt inspired to share my experience with others. I love helping and inspiring other authors on their journeys.
- I learnt what I like writing. I love writing paranormal and fantasy books about strong, feisty, kick-ass females characters. All of my fiction books have elements of romance, suspense and female empowerment. I also discovered I love writing nonfiction books for writers that help them on their author journeys.
- It’s well past time to have a serious marketing plan in place. For my past two novels and short nonfiction book, I kind of left the marketing to the last minute and things weren’t as organised as I would have liked. For my next books, I’m going to have a proper, well-organised marketing plan in place.
- My writing processes change and improve with each book. After recently trying out Scrivener again I found a way to make my writing process go a lot quicker. Having my notes, outlines and chapters all in one place definitely helps.
- Having an outline helps and saves time. I never used to outline my books, I tried but I’d soon become bored and couldn’t be bothered any more. I’m a pantser at heart but after cutting so much stuff from my last novel, I realised that I was wasting a lot of time by just writing on the fly all the time. So I started trying different methods of outlining and using my new Scrivener software has really helped. Having a brief outline for each chapter allows me to know roughly what I’m going to write before I write it, but this process still allows me some of the creative freedom to see where the story takes me.