Ten mistakes indie authors should avoid at all costs
As an indie author you have to take care of everything, or pay someone to do it for you: from editing to book covers and marketing. This is a quick guide to avoid the most common and dangerous mistakes indie authors should watch out for.
1-Don’t quit your day job to be a writer. To write you need inspiration and inspiration dies the minute you have to write to pay the bills. Most writers spend nights, weekends and lunch breaks on their projects. Once you become a bestselling author, then feel free to quit your job ;)
-Go to writers’ groups
-Get beta readers
3-Don’t reject criticism. I know it hurts, but freaking listen already! It will make your work better!
5-Don’t underprice or overprice your book. You know how many hours went into your book. Some people think that giving away their book for free will help them get it out there, but the truth is that most cheap books (not all, but most) are really not that great. If your book is good, readers will pay a fair price. But don’t overprice your book. You’re not a bestseller, so stay reasonable! Average size paperbacks are priced $14-18. Young adult tend to be a bit less. My paperbacks (around 400 pages, more or less, 70,000 to 90,000 words) range from $14 to $18. E-books should be lower (mine range from $4 to $7). Audiobook are expensive, the price depends on the length and is determined by Audible (mine are between $16 and $19, I think).
6-Invest in your book! The worst thing you can do is to think “I wanna make money on this, not blow them!” Well, you need to invest into your project to give your book a chance. This is your dream. Especially if this is your first book, plan on investing in advertising and professional help when needed (editing, cover design, etc…). Don’t make debt, ever, save for it like you would save for a pair of shoes you like.
Our biggest mistake is to think that we are not worth it, when we have no problem throwing money away on a dinner out, clothes, or even somebody else’s book.
And…don’t count on making money out of your books, hope that you will. There are about 300,000 books published, per year, in the US alone. Only 100 make the best seller list and get the big bucks…Write because you have to and want to say something, not to make money.
7-Don’t underestimate cover design. Design a mind blowing cover! If you can’t, pay someone to. The cover is the one thing that grabs the reader’s attention, unless the reader is your mom. I’m so darn proud of my covers!
9-Don’t think “I’m a writer, it’s not my job to…” It is. If you are an independent author, it is your job to edit, design, market, engage readers, travel the world…do whatever it takes to get your book out there or pay someone to that for you.
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Who am I to give you advice?
I am a polyglot, very short, sexy ninja with multiple degrees but, most of all, I am the author of the Italian Saga (#TIS): an irreverent series taking place in Italy and speaking of love, sadness, sex, and happiness with a healthy dose of humor <3