Ah, publishing. It has its ups and downs and its round and rounds, but on the eve of the publication of my fourth novel (how did that happen?), Hidden, I can't help thinking about some of the lessons I've learned along the way. So, I give my thoughts to you.
- Publishing Can Be A Full-Time Job. Don't Let It Be. I'm fond of saying that I took my fun hobby of writing books (I work full time as an attorney) and turned it into a second job. And while this is a quip, it's one with a deep truth to it. There are so many steps to getting a novel out into the world after you get your book deal or decide to self-publish (and a million other steps once it is out in the world) that it can easily take up all your time. All your writing time, anyway. The important thing is: not to let it. Your job is to write books. While the rest of it is important and necessary, you need to continue to make writing a priority so you can get that second book done. And so on. Doing that is hard. It takes discipline. But that's how you got your first book done, right? So you know how to do it and you can do it again.
So what about you? What do you wish you'd known?
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