Get Your Basics In
First, Get Set Up for Business.
You’re going to have to have four points covered to succeed:
1. A Blog. This is not always used, but you’ll find that it will enable you to communicate to your audience and give you a place where you can post your stories. This is a central place where people can find more about you. They can comment on your books and then you can reply to them. Blogger is recommended as you don’t have to worry about maintaining the backend. It’s always been secure. Pick out a look and feel you like and get started. There are many good references on how to set up a blog. I’ll have write-ups in the membership when you join.
2. An Email Provider. This is an email service. The secret to the successful writers is that they all have an email list that their readers go onto. In this way, they have a personal line to communicate with readers and tell them when new releases are coming out, special offers, and so on. MailChimp is one of the most recommended, since it’s free to start with, but there are many.
3. Publishing accounts. These are KDP (which you already have) and also ebook aggregators that post your books for you: Smashwords, Direct2Digital, StreetLib, and PublishDrive. Those will get you pretty much to every major and minor ebook outlet these days. Print: Lulu.com (or Blurb.com) – They make having a print copy of your book for sale through the simplest and most reliable print-on-demand service in the business. It doesn’t cost you anything to put a book up there or do your revisions. You will have to buy a copy as proof, but you’ll want one anyway. They distribute to Amazon and Ingram directly. And consider Findaway for audiobooks. Get your accounts set up now. Now.
Second, Read and Write Daily
Two habits you have to develop as an author in order to succeed come from studying successful authors and what their recommendations are over and over and over. You’ll find successful authors recommend and are caught doing these two things daily.
They read daily, and
They write daily.
You have to get into reading other people’s works, the works that you like, that you most enjoy. This also counts for non-fiction. You read what you most like and you study it. If you like to read it, then you’ll like to write it.
The additional part of this is to write every day. You need to write every day. Writers write. You read every day and you write every day. Through that you absorb other successful writer’s plots, characters, sentence choice, descriptions, summaries, backgrounds, worldviews, etc. So you’re constantly have this flowing in your system like oxygen and blood.
I’ve seen authors that appear to suddenly come out of nowhere and within several months they’re actually having bestseller books up there, good selling books. You check just prior to that to find what they were doing. One author was watching movies as a film critic for a living. Another said he was a that he was an avid reader and he would just go through books like a hot knife through butter. You check these back and all of them have a love of books and read constantly, and they will write constantly. Of course there’s exceptions this, but I’m telling you what I found for the vast majority of them. Chase them back and you’ll find they love to read and then they learned how to love to write.
You really have to enjoy what you’re doing every day.
Next: Lesson 3 – Learning to Write What You Love to Read