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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