As a self-published author with a few sales (THANK YOU!), I will now impart what I have learned from the experience – so far.
- Writing is tons of fun. Writing for yourself is super fun. Writing for your friends and family is fun, but can be very stressful. Writing for complete strangers, in hopes that they will like your story? Fun but terrifying.
- Reviews are worth their weight in gold. Any review. Seriously ANY REVIEW. Turns out, people aren’t interested in reading the first book from a freshman author when they have no expectation of quality. Hence reviews and their importance. More on this in another post.
- Writing the second book of a series is WAY harder – though much more fun – than writing the first. The first is just me trying to see if I can do anything worthwhile with my story. The second book is essentially me saying, “Yep, I can do this. And I’m going to keep doing it.”
- Editing and revising (E&R) never seem to get easier. All can say on this matter, at least, I’m making different mistakes. E&R is where the meat-and-potatoes of writing happens. Anyone can put words on a page. Very few get it right on the first try – I certainly don’t. It takes discipline actually to take the edit/revise steps seriously.
So there’s what I’ve learned. Make no doubt, I’m not complaining about any of these things. It’s been super fun so far, and I hope that it will continue to be fun. I have tons of story ideas, all I need to do is add 14 hours to each day so I can write all of them.