The One Thing Every New Author Should Do

Publishing a book can a be scary process. There are so many decisions that impact the success of your book: cover illustrations, price, distribution channels, marketing efforts, etc. The good news is that you don’t have to make these decisions alone, and you can get helpful advice for free. (Yes, free.) All you have to do is talk to other writers. Most authors will eagerly share their advice and experiences because they understand how confusing the publishing process can be and they know how exciting it is to see your book in print. Here are a few questions you should ask as you begin the publishing process.

What were your goals?

What did you find helpful?

What do you wish you had done differently? The same?

How did you decide to [insert your topic of choice]?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Learn everything you can about their books and publishing experience. It will help you as you make decisions throughout the publishing process.

To find a published writer, look for people in your writing groups or writing classes. You can also reach out to local writers, and ask to talk with them. Most authors will be flattered that you value their opinion and will enthusiastically answer your questions. Good luck!

Since 2005 Cheri Breeding has been working as the Director of Production for Outskirts Press. In that time, she has been an instrumental component of every aspect of the Production Department, performing the roles of an Author Representative, Book Designer, Customer Service Representative, Title Production Supervisor, Production Manager and, Director of Production. She brings all that experience and knowledge, along with an unparalleled customer-service focus, to help self-publishing authors reach high-quality book publication more efficiently, professionally, and affordably.

One thought on “The One Thing Every New Author Should Do

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Talking to other people within your niche, well to other writers, would easily let you explore more on what you can do to further enhance your skills and somehow refrain yourself from doing the same mistake that other writers have already done. I think searching online, participating on blog interactions of other writers is another way to reach to them.

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