by Piper Lawson
I’m in love with publishing as an indie author. What really gets me going is not only being a writer, but being at the helm of my own (mini? micro?) business.
But there were also some big lessons learned along the way! Here are my top 10 for the year.
10. Unless you’re Colleen Hoover, no one’s waiting for you to hit ‘launch’ on your new book. (Except maybe your mom and your best friend.)
9. Don’t sit down to work thinking about all the books you’re going to sell. Instead, think about why you started writing in the first place. For me it’s because the kind of books I love to read, about smart girls and imperfect guys with lots of sassy dialogue and hot scenes, are few and far between (IMO).
8. Just when you think you’re ‘done’ a story is when your editor picks it up and starts really putting it together for you. A good editor is worth their weight in gold. Do start with beta readers and get everyone you can get to read your book. But at the end of the day, editors cost money for a reason – they’re good at what they do, and readers will expect your book to be clean and correct.
7. You could spend all freaking day promoting your books. Don’t. Spend most of your day writing them, and carve a few hours a week for promoting on select channels like your website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
6. There are a lot of amazing resources out there for authors. And, most of them are cheap or free! Get a great book cover on Fiverr (or make your own with Pic Monkey!), determine the best keywords with Kindle Samurai, and write your next masterpiece with Scrivener (free trial and about $30 to buy).
5. Keep reading. Whenever I find myself struggling to write, I pick up a good book – romance or fantasy or chick lit or something else entirely – and it gets me excited again.
4. Do a little dance whenever you hit a milestone. Writing can sometimes feel tireless (after all, it takes a lot of hours to write an 80k word story!). So, celebrate the little things, like hitting your daily word count goal or getting a new review.
3. Pay it forward. Read for other new authors and help spread the word for their new works. It’s a nice thing to do, you might discover an awesome new writer, and it’s great learning for your own reading.
2. Understand what works. Take the time to get some books on writing, or sit in on webinars or sessions with top authors to understand the mechanics and ‘rules’ of romance. (Then you can break ‘em later!)
1. The romance community is AWESOME. There are zillions (yes, zillions) of amazing readers, authors, editors and bloggers who help make this stuff we love to read. They were the most surprising part of my journey this year. And when things get really tough, it’s the incredible support from my readers, editors, and online friends that keeps me putting pen to paper.
Home is Canada plus sunny winter escapes. Feel free to stalk me on Twitter or write to me at piperjlawson(at)gmail.com. Hearing from you would make my day (for real – I’m not just saying that.)!
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Piper's Newest Release: Stripped
But now their brand new label, Travesty, is under attack.
The man leading the charge is the hottest hookup Ava ever had. One she never wanted to see again...
Nate Townsend might be from the right schools, the right neighborhood and the right family. But under the surface, his scars run deep.
When the society prince and the loud designer come face to face on a case that could decide Ava's future, sparks fly.
Nate's not about to let Ava forget she's the only person who knows his secrets. And Ava’s walking the line between getting Travesty back on track and being dragged into the gutter by one stubborn young lawyer planning to take her down.
If Nate Townsend didn’t make the gutter look so damn good...
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