posts for your book before you’re published, as these can take up a lot of
Ron Fritsch – How much of the same advice I’d hear repeated over and over: editor, cover, marketing, social-networking, etc. I’m not saying the advice is wrong. It’s a question of how many times one needs to hear it.
even third draft.
will be brutally honest with you about what works and what doesn’t. Ask for
detailed responses. When you get them, consider them carefully, then put your
manuscript away for at least a couple of weeks. It’s hard, but starting another
book is a great way to distract yourself. When you come back to the first book,
you’ll have fresher eyes to see what changes you need to make.
you can before you attempt a novel.
don’t know any of those.
things, but don’t overlook the minor things you should have learned from
everything else you do on the internet. Like your settings changing slightly in
Createspace when you use their Interior Designer, causing a minor error that
can delay acceptance. Or caching issues in Smashwords if you accidentally
upload a defective file the first time causing your ‘replacement’ upload to be
the same defective file. That sort of thing. Don’t let these frustrations get
to you — most of them can be fixed, and with little effort.
months. Find several blogs of professional veterans, both indie and trade, and
keep up with them.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, ex-agent Nathan Bransford, and the Writing Excuses
podcast featuring Howard Tayler, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowel, and
Dan Wells. Keep in mind that these people aren’t perfect, either — they have egos, can sometimes get locked in a particular way of thinking themselves, etc., so keep looking for new sources as well.
Mike Cooley– I would add Scalzi’s blog to that list and probably Konrath’s. My tip is: go over it and over it until it’s fantastic, then pay an editor to go over it again. Oh, and don’t take one person’s opinion as gospel. You can drain the life out of a story trying to please everyone. It’s not possible to please everyone.
Cheryl Shireman – Hire a great editor. Hire a great editor. Hire a great editor. Oh, and – hire a great editor!
Rikki Strong – Not everyone who receives a copy for review will leave a review, same with everyone who buys a copy of the book or downloads a free KDP copy (for me, with my four books out now, the sales to review average is somewhere between 1% and 5%). Some reviewers also have a very long TBR list. Whatever you do, don’t keep bugging them about it every time you see them, or they may keep dropping your book tot he end of the list.
Karen Martin – Don’t wait to start social networking until you have a book ready. Get your FB page up and running, start figuring out Twitter, Goodreads, etc. Start blogging. Start making connections. Otherwise, you’ll have a finished book on your hands and nobody to tell about it.