When my debut novel was published by She Writes Press in 2013, the publishing was new to me. I made a bunch of mistakes. I had a few successes. My second book, a memoir, will launch in May of 2017. I know more now than I did for Book 1. It seems like a good time to reflect on a few of the biggest lessons I learned.
Lesson 1: Publishing is a business.
While I’ve been a writer since I could hold a pen in my hand, when I chose to become an “author” my writing transformed from personal passion to commerce. Publishing is a business with its harsh realities, costs, and an entire industry with traditions, skilled experts, politics, absurdities, geniuses, incompetents, and charlatans. I bumbled into a few on-line scams, an unskilled editor who took a bunch of… Continue