Self publishing is hard! Don’t let anyone tell you anything different! I know because I published my first book. All on my own. It was tough. I thought writing the book was the big part! Apparently not. I had a huge sigh of relief once I finished. Then I was able to relax for about 5 minutes until I got the rest of it done. Oh if only I had known! Here are some tips for writing your first book.
It’s two jobs
Think of your book as two separate jobs. You have to write the book and you also have to do everything else. So on those days you maybe don’t feel like getting a chapter done, do some research on publishing or design your book cover. Have some fun!
Give yourself deadlines, but don’t
Bear with me a minute. When I set out to write my first book, I wanted to get it done in a week. I’m a fast typer. Why not? Soooo not a good idea. I set up impossible deadlines for myself. And then when I didn’t hit them I go bummed out. It was not a great way to help motivate myself. Eventually I did get it done but I had to give up control a bit in order for that to happen.
Have someone else edit
This was a huge mistake I made. In fact, I can guarantee there are spelling mistakes in my book right now. (Note – I’m in the process of republishing so be gentle with me). You need a fresh pair of eyes to look at your book before you send it out to the world. Besides the spelling mistakes, this will help you get honest feedback. The problem with editing your own book is you are in your own head. I do this all the time. I know what I’m thinking and where I’m going with a topic, but someone else might not be following me. Which means I need to extremely clear in my writing.
I’m working with This Chic Writes to republish my first book and write my second book. Definitely check her out if you are even thinking about writing a book!