There comes a times in every professional’s life (okay maybe not every, but give me credit for being clever) where they decide they should write a book.
As I’ve pondered this, I often wonder what it is that Amazon summaries, inside hardback covers, introductory chapters, and of course, the blogs don’t tell you about the process of writing a book.
So I asked some author friends of mine what they would say to someone about what they wish they knew before the wrote their first book. Here’s what they said:
“I wish I would have known that marketing a book is twice as hard as writing a book.”
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“Your first book will be both the best book and the worst book you will have ever written.”
“I wish someone would have told me that you can’t just hire anyone on elance to format it for sale. I had to redo it right after it’s release because of that.”
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“No taxation without representation: I wish I’d gotten an agent to negotiate on my behalf. I’d be retired by now …”
“I wish someone would have told me to step back and enjoy the whole experience a little more. Some people never get the chance to see their name on the cover of a book on a store shelf. Unless they write it on there in Sharpie.”
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“Doodle in the margin. Your best ideas come when you least expect it so write them down and organize later.”
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Are you thinking of writing a book? What questions do you have?
Authors, what do you want people to know before they start their first book?
Do you know how you want to promote your book when it’s finally here? (Hint: this is not the way)