Being a new author is all about finding your way in the writing and publishing world. I have to say I love it, but there’s a lot of learning to be done which can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes progress seems slow, sometimes I’m amazed at what happens.
First of all, I’m trying to learn as much as I can about the craft of writing. I am more than slightly addicted to “how to” writing books, I have to confess.
I have read a lot of them already, and I still have a whole pile I haven’t started reading yet. I know my work will never be perfect, as there is so much to learn, but I hope my stories are good enough to enjoy without being literary works of art.
Then new authors have to work out how to get plot ideas. Most of these seem to come when I’m not trying to wrestle them out of my head, often inconveniently in the middle of the night or in the shower. My sons even bought me a waterproof notebook from Amazon for Christmas, so I could write in the shower, but I never remember to take it into the bathroom with me.
Once the story is written, The biggest problem is working out how anyone is going to find it. Luckily Amazon has a big inbuilt audience looking for something new to read. But that means learning all about presentation – buying or making a cover, choosing the right category and keywords and writing an enticing blurb.
The hardest thing of all to learn is last. That’s putting those babies out into the world and letting them go and then not getting too upset if someone doesn’t like one and leaves a nasty review. Everyone has their likes and dislikes. I’m still battling with just doing my best on every one and then moving onto my next creation, but it’s getting easier now I have a few stories “out there” in the wild 🙂