Bob Mayer says that 99% of the advice you’re hearing about writing and publishing comes from 1% of authors.
His blog post explores the question: “So how much of that advice actually applies and is it useful?”
We agree with these of his conclusions:
- These days there are many options–and that’s often confusing to those with little or no publishing experience.
- We suggest you find a mentor/guide who is willing to explain diverse options to you in coherent, understandable language.
- And look for those who will tell you pros AND cons of each path;
- Doubt promises of fabulous, quick success and immense wealth.
- The world of publishing is changing at lightning speed–and the 3-year-old advice you’re hearing might be covered in dust and cobwebs.
- Be skeptical of those who imply their way is the only way.
- Writing/Publishing has a very steep learning curve.
- Everyone, especially an Indie Author, needs help learning the rules of writing and the business of publishing in order to artistically follow or break them.
- Don’t be in a hurry. Learn your craft and business thoroughly and well:
- As a writer, you must know exactly what you’re doing and why in your use of themes, structure, characters, plot/organization and words.
- As an author, you must put on your “business” attitude and know why your book is valuable to a reader; how many buyers are potentially in your target market; what is the competition and why is your book unique; and then you must assess whether your book actually matches your vision of it; and find a way to publicize yourself and your book.
- And there is no single “way to do it.”
- To be successful in this rapidly changing industry of writing and publishing, you must know its long history so you can blaze a new path. (read Bob Mayer’s full post about writing and publishing advice here).
We here at Rose Hall Media Company are committed to helping you write and publish your best book for a viable, current market. We want you to face reality and be practical. We also want you to achieve your writing and publishing goals.
Ask us your writing and publishing questions: we’ll give you honest answers.
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