10,000 hours – 5 years – 5 books published – that’s the minimum a professional author needs – PLUS being educated in the the publishing business, so that predators cannot take advantage of you.
Artists Train For Years Every Day – for Hours and Hours…
Professions need to be trained! It takes years to become an excellent musician, dancer, singer, painter and writer – and it also takes years to become an excellent publisher. And it involves lots of skills and knowledge business-wise, marketing skills, not to mention, learning constantly new internet techniques and get to know the latest changes in publishing.
It Takes Time…
Many authors have unrealistic expectations when it comes to the time required for effective book promotion and to make meaningful connections with readers. They expect wonders from a single sales campaign, and don’t understand that under-pricing or “selling” for free is not a marketing strategy. And distribution and marketing are also two different things. There is a tremendous amount of time-consuming work that goes into getting a book ready for publication and release.
… To Research Your Competition.
First of all make a list with possible keywords that readers might use to find a similar book. Check out the complete categories / genres at Amazon,Kobo, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Waterstone’s etc. and study all the books, that could be similar to your future work. Visit several public libraries and book stores to find similar books, similar to the one you want to write. Learn about your competition! Borrow the most interesting ones, not only to read them, but also to study the book layout and design. Read the online reviews of their books carefully and learn from the faults of others – not your own!
Steady Wins the Race!
Becoming an author-publisher is a long-term commitment and requires hundreds of small steps on the path to success! Before you start writing, create yourself a road map. Take your time, see your writing & publishing as a long-term project and don’t have unrealistic expectations. The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners. They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to fill skill gaps and to gain more time for writing. First create a professional looking book, do the groundwork to build up your author platform, and then have fun, winning one reader at a time.