Last weekend I finally launched my second urban fantasy novel, Denai Bound. After a year between publishing that and my first novel Denai Touch, I realised that I’ve learnt a lot about self-publishing over the past year. When I launched my first book 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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10 thoughts on “6 Lessons Learnt Between Books 1 and 2”
Great Advice. My dream is to one day self publish – will definately be following you. Keep it up.
These are some amazing lessons and I experienced much of the same. I think one of my lessons is that recognizing, not everyone will read what I write and that’s okay!
Yes, that’s very true. I should have added that too!
Thanks. Good luck with your publishing!
Great lessons! Defiantly something I could learn from!
I am looking into writing a novella, but one thing I need to work on is organization. These tips are actually very helpful. And I have no idea what an author platform is. You learn something new everyday!
I think experience and knowledge are the key!
Good luck with your novella. An author platform is essentially the base you use to connect with your readers. Like having a website but having a platform is so much more than that. It can include a lot of different things such as social media, newsletters, etc. I am writing a book about it at the moment which goes into more detail. One thing I have learnt is that it’s important to build a platform before you publish a book.
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