Self-Publishing: L…is for Lessons Learned

LL…is for Lessons Learned.

I’ve learned a lot throughout this past year about self-publishing but also about myself.

And sometimes I like to say that my failures are the reasons why I still believe in success. Here are a few of the things I learned:

  • Continue to dream big.
  • Publish books closer to one another in date.
  • Be realistic…
  • Working on a business plan – not only for one book but each stage of my career.
  • Define what success means for me.
  • Connect and learn from other writers (really, they’re awesome and the amount of things I’ve learned from them is priceless).
  • Don’t be afraid to say: “I didn’t do as well as expected.” Don’t be afraid to say: “I learned.” Don’t be afraid to see failure as a step towards success.
  • Make sure you have enough coffee
  • Make sure I take some time away from my writing.
  • Continue to learn about the business.
  • Read. Read. Read.
  • Find ways to connect with readers.
  • Write short stories or excerpts for my newsletter.
  • Sometimes, I’ve got to step away from reviews.
  • Other times, I have to make sure I seek them.
  • Make sure I don’t forget to stay in the moment: publishing is a business but it’s also bringing your words to readers. People are going to read (are reading) my words, they’re having a reaction to my characters. This is truly magical.
  • WRITE!

Join me tomorrow for M

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1 Comment

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to be better at marketing. I’m embarrassed at how few copies I’ve sold of any of the three books I currently have out, and how I thought I did enough through announcing my release dates well in advance and doing some guest posts here and there.

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