-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!
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 on a dinner out, clothes or even somebody else’s book. Invest in yourself, give your dream its best chance!
7-Don’t underestimate cover design. Design a mind blowing cover! If you can’t, pay someone to.
8-Don’t think that your book it’s going to sell itself. Even if it’s the best book to have ever seen the light on planet earth, readers need to know it’s out there. The average author (with a publisher!) sells 400 copies per book (sadness). You need to spend time doing research and marketing(see post on marketing).
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.