I have a lot of advice for aspiring authors and self-publishers after reading and thinking of self-publishing my own work.
1. DO IT FOR YOURSELF
You should write because you love it.
2. CONTINUE TO CREATE
The only way to finish a book is to finish some every single day. You have to form this habit; without it you are screwed. I’ve seen artist go through taking out their supplies, stare at their canvas for a few hours, and then put everything away. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times have I sat and stared at blank paper before deciding that my heart just isn’t in it. Even thrown things or ruined them because they didn’t compare to the beauty in my head. But the next day, you come back. Your mind is clear, the paper is fresh, and you know where your story or your piece needs to go.
3. GET IT DOWN
Stop caring about commas and perfect sketches. Before it’s gone, get it down, because you can fix it later or cover it up. Worry about quality in your editing process.
4. IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT
You’ve finished your first story, published it. No one calls. Don’t stop. Keep writing, keep preforming, and keep at it. No one succeeds the first time. If you do, great, you’ll have to keep producing anyway.
Go schmooze other artists. Be a fan. You can learn way more from others than you can from yourself. You might also learn how to treat your fans.
6. BE A PRO
I consider myself an amateur, I think I always will. Others might see me as something different. Own your work and maybe you’ll start to own yourself and your talent.