As you’ve seen from previous posts I always like to look back and see what I’ve learnt whenever I release new books. Publishing is just as much of a learning process as any other profession and I’m always learning new things. A few months back I published my eighth and ninth books and I’ve learnt a lot from each of them.
Here are the lessons I learnt:
- Publishing is always changing. This may seem obvious but some authors think publishing stays the same. Like any industry, publishing is always changing and it’s important to keep up with the different changes. Something that worked last year may not work the year after.
- The way I write and create books is always changing. Looking back my processes for writing and publishing books have grown and evolved a lot since my first book, Denai Touch. I never used to outline books but now I find it almost impossible to write any book without some kind of outline in places. Outlining saves me a lot of time in the long run where I’d just be writing nonsense.
- Having an email list is essential. Having an email list is essential for any author not only for selling books but for connecting with readers. More people are likely to find out about your book via email than on a website or on social media.
- It’s hard finding a good editor. I’ve worked with a few different editors over the past few years, some were okay and others were down right awful. Having a good editor – even if it’s only someone who proofreads for you is essential. Even though I’m a professional editor myself I still need another set of eyes to spot things I’ve missed.
- It takes time to build a real audience. Building an audience of loyal fans and people who are really interested in you books can take years. But it does happen. It’s important to find the right kind of readers for your book and not just asking any old person to read it. Know your reader then you’ll grow your audience.
What lessons have you learnt from publishing any books?