ADVICE TO WRITERS:
The number one piece of advice is: believe in yourself. It can be too easy for other people to question the efforts and beliefs of others. Do not let their doubts or lack of faith in you stop your writing.
There are many writers who have had formal training. The may have their PhD’s in English or Writing, but many writers have not been formally trained. They wrote a story because they believed in it.
Do not be discouraged by rejection letters from publishing firms or literary agents. I received many such letters, but the encouragement from friends and family AND my belief in the importance of my story led me to become an Indie. I have no regrets.
Writing, editing, and publishing your book are the relative easy parts. For me, and probably most writers, the hardest part is the marketing. Going to book clubs, book expos, joining Internet book clubs (Rave Reviews Book Club is a must), writing articles, books signings at bookstores, connecting with other authors on FB and LinkedIn, having a blog, are just a few of the many things to do. Getting reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble is important.
Becoming a published author is a learning experience. It can seem overwhelming at times, but when you get positive reviews you will be grateful and inspired. Be sure to thank each person in writing for their review. If it is a negative review, contact the reader to understand his/her point of view.
Being proud of your work and believing in yourself are the two most important gifts to treasure.
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