Every time I release a book I like to reflect on all the lessons I’ve learnt. I released my first box set back in January and released the three books at single titles, too.
Releasing three books at once was been a lot of work but I learnt so much that I thought I’d share these lessons with you.
- Publishing is always changing. Publishing – like any form of business – is always changing. Things that worked a couple of years ago don’t always work as well as they did then. You can’t always launch and market the same way as you did then. You have to evolve and adapt.
- Be prepared for roadblocks. No matter how much you plan something there are always going to be bumps along the way. I thought I’d got everything ready and everything would run smoothly this time around – but things do happen. Don’t sit and cry about it, get on with it and do the best you can.
- Reviews are hard to come by. It can be hard for any author to get reviews, but there are a lot of ways of getting them. Whether it be through free promos, social media or book bloggers.
I get better with each book launch. With each book I write, I slowly become a better writer and my processes speed up.
- Short reads can be a great way of quickly growing your backlist. I never thought I’d write short fiction as short stories had always been hard for me, but after writing my latest of short fiction serials I discovered that the time I spent writing one novel could actually be spent writing three different stories.
- Authors who have a lot of books get noticed more than someone who just has a couple of books.