Preparing to Be a Published Author
When you’re hoping to be a published author, you’re preparing for a whole new job in a whole new field. When you look at it from this perspective, you can see why agents are always stressing the importance of preparation and education..
Being a writer might be something you’ve always done. But being a published author is like starting a new business or getting a new job. To succeed, there’s a lot you’ll need to learn.
And the learning curve can be steep for quite a while! (As many of you are finding out—now that you’re working with a publisher on your first or third or fifth book.) New situations are always arising, there are constantly new hurdles to jump.
So what are the best ways to educate yourself?
- Keep reading blogs and follow publishing people on social media.
- Network with other authors online via loops, forums, Facebook, Twitter, other social media outlets. Try to make sure you have a network that includes writers further along the path than you—it’s the best way to learn.
- Network with other authors in person via conferences, local writers’ events, workshops, and classes.
- Read some books on the publishing life. Browse Amazon for the many choices.
I know it’s difficult to find the time to WRITE as well as prepare for the life of published author. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. You can do this.
What’s the most surprising or eye-opening thing you’ve learned about publishing in your journey so far?