Remember, the question is optional!
December 6 question – As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?
My answer is OF COURSE. I know so much more now than I did when I started. I’d do more research on the publishers that I subbed to. I’d never rush to publish anything. And I’d take more time off to clear my head. If you ask me this question ten years from now, I’ll probably have a similar answer. I’m making mistakes all the time. Fortunately, they’re different ones.
I came across a great article by Brooke Warner. It’s called The 10 Biggest Mistakes Authors Make. Read the whole article or just this outline and see if you recognize the mistakes.
- Believing what they want to hear.
- Not taking advantage of every digital platform.
- Deciding that they don’t need a marketing campaign, or starting one too late.
- Believing that more is better
- Going renegade.
- Not doing enough research on who they’re publishing with.
- Believing that “traditional” is better, no matter what.
- Failing to get sample product.
- Not hiring professionals.
- Choosing a print run over print-on-demand (POD)
I look forward to reading other authors’ answer to the question. I’ll bet we have very similar posts.