It’s great to have a book ready to go but in the digital book one book often gets lost so be sure to have book two ready to go hot on its heels. – Monique McDonell
If you want to make a living from your craft, you have to treat it like a business. Your writing is your product, and a successful business will do whatever it takes to put the best product out to the public. That means doing the best job you can where your talents are strongest, and hiring “outside vendors” to take over where you are weak. If you have a talent for graphic arts, do a great cover. If you don’t, then for Ghu’s sake, hire someone to do a professional cover.
And whether or not you are a good editor, NEVER edit your own writing! Your mind will see what you *intended* to write, and not necessarily what you *actually* wrote. Hire a good editor. – Jeff Brackett
Learn how to market before you hit the publish button because it’s all on the author. Wear a thick skin because no matter how many times you edit/check/re-check someone will find a typo and blow it all out of proportion. Get into a writers group like this one so you can keep gaining knowledge. – Elaine Raco Chase
Great cover art is worth its weight in gold. If you can’t afford great cover art, see if you can do a swap (babysitting, editing, whatever). – Connie Keller
indie publishing at the end of 2010 and I didn’t know such things existed. I
also wish I’d paid a cover artist sooner. Also–it is okay to go back to
earlier books and ‘fix’ them. I just reedited (for dialogue tags and typos) my
first book and uploaded. It just means that the people who buy it today are
getting a version I like better. – Sarah Woodbury
finishing a book is swimming through your head. After you’ve finished that
final edit, step back at least two weeks, then reread. – Jolea M Harrison
difficult it was to get published. If I’d known it might have put me off
trying. – Patsy Davies
Matthew Wayne Selznick – “Whenever possible, direct potential readers to the sales page on your website, not to Amazon.com or another retailer. There are two good reasons for this:
1) Your reader might not want to shop at the retailer you choose in the region you choose.
2) (This is the big one) By bringing a reader to the sales page on your own site, you raise the chance they’ll subscribe to your mailing list and become part of your reader community. This is far more valuable in the long run than the chance of a one-time sale.”
Connie Keller – Make sure your betas are good editors. Not every writer makes a good editor for someone else’s work. Also, when proofreading, read the book aloud from back to front, i.e., start with the last chapter and read it through aloud. Then, the second to the last chapter, then, the third to the last chapter and so on until you read the first chapter last. This will keep you from getting caught up in the story and you’ll do a much better job of proofreading.