On Being A Newbie

I have been around this whole writing game for as long as I can remember. In more recent years I have been serious about my writing. Just this past March my first novel became available as an ebook. And yet I am a newbie.

When I started this whole writing for more than a hobby thing I didn’t realize just how sorrily unprepared I was for the job. I know less than nothing. Everything I had learned about the writing industry growing up just wasn’t even near current anymore. I mean yes the basic principle was and still is the same but there is so much more out there to be aware of and to watch out for.

What to do and what not to do. How to spot a fake. So much to keep on your toes about. I often worry about the fate of the newer authors coming up in the ranks and what they will have to face as the publishing world changes.

What are some of the things you as a “newbie” have had to watch out for? What would you like the next generation of authors to know?

One thought on “On Being A Newbie

  1. Well, my sister in Newbie Author-dom, there are lots of things I wish I’d known. I would have prepared and planned in advance of releasing my first book, as well as done a ton of promotion. I would have had it professionally edited, too. Some readers expect a lot of newbies, or they’re just obnoxious. I’ve never been able to tell the difference.

    I truly wish I’d known about Amazon’s webbot that searches for your books (or titles that sound like your books) for lower prices, and then adjusts things to match. I detail my fun with this issue on my blog: http://www.bloodsoakedandwriting.com/2011/10/09/two-things-you-need-to-see-for-the-following-saga-to-make-sense/


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