Over the last few months, well it’s been almost a year, I’ve noticed quite a few first-time authors pop up and start selling services like coaching for writers. I want to first preface this by saying I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing, partly because, it’s hard to make a living as an author. It’s can often take multiple books before you can start making an income from royalties alone.
I was recently listening to an episode of a podcast that was discussing how to build a platform as an unpublished author. And coincidentally I didn’t agree with all the tips they shared. There was one tip I disagreed with that these guys shared with certainty. While writing your novel is the most important thing you can do as an unpublished author you need to build your author platform before you hit publish. And, I’m sorry, but a one-page stagnant website will not achieve this. You need to get eyeballs on that website.
So, you’ve been clicking refresh on your book sales report page, as the minute’s tick by a simple account practice has become a form of torture. When you imaged the launch of your first book, you didn’t imagine struggling to make sales. You imagined the opposite scenario. If this is something you can relate too then, I have an important question for you. Are you setting the right book marketing goal as a new author?
You’ve probably just read the title of this post, ‘how to know if you’re a writer’ and thought, ‘she’s reading my mind.’ I swear to you, I’m not a mind reader. This has got to be the most frequently asked question among aspiring authors and writers. Everyone at some point with this issue of self-doubt. We fear that there are a set of prerequisites and we’re going to fall short. So, how do you know if you’re a writer? If you’ve ever found yourself asking that question, then this blog post is for you.
Every aspiring writer has a vision of their life post-publication. For most people, this dream is full of images of success. Let’s face it, no one dreams of publishing their first book and hearing crickets. But, this is the post-publication reality for most first-time authors. This is what has prompted me to write this blog post, to share with you the truth about your first book and what to expect. Knowing what to expect is so important, because if you can pre-empt moments of failure and success, then you also have the power to change your experience.