6 Lessons Learned Between Books 1 and 2

Posted 10/07/2017 by tiffanyshand in Author Platform, Authorship, Self Publishing, Writing / 2 Comments

When I launched my first book two years ago I didn’t really know what I was doing and made a lot of mistakes. After that, I was determined to learn all I could about self-publishing and book marketing,

Here are some of the things I learnt:

  1. I learnt how to be a better writer. I definitely feel my writing has improved a lot since my first novel. I’ve done a lot of different writing since then including non-fiction and freelance work. It even inspired me to start writing my first non-fiction book.
  2. Self-publishing has to be treated like a business. Publishing books is a business and has to be treated as such. You have to be thoroughly organised and prepared with planning, distributing and marketing.
  3. Being a pantser makes it longer to get anything published. I used to write everything on the fly and I realised that plotting is the only way to lessen the time it takes to write a complete novel.
  4. There’s no easy way to write or market a book. This process depends entirely on the author. What works for one person might not work someone else. Every author is different.
  5. Knowledge and experience makes the process easier. Knowing how to format, distribute and plan things before a launch definitely makes the process a lot easier and smoother.
  6. I finally started building my author platform. When I first started out I didn’t even know an author platform was, but over time, I finally started to build mine.

What lessons did you learn with your first books?

About tiffanyshand

I’m Tiffany Shand. A writer, blogger, editor and online entrepreneur. I’m the author of the urban fantasy Excalibar Investigations Series. I write paranormal romance and non-fiction books for authors.

Posted 10/07/2017 by tiffanyshand in Author Platform, Authorship, Self Publishing, Writing / 2 Comments