Monday, July 16, 2012

Myth: I wrote the book, my work is done.

Congratulations! You wrote THE END! Pop the champagne, do a happy dance. You've done what few who aspire to write a book will ever do. You are done. You wrote a book. You are an author. Reconnect with the lifestyle of not writing a book. Set your book within a shrine and bask in your achievement.

You never have to write another word for the rest of your life.
How does that make you feel?

Walk away from your shrine when you're done celebrating. Do not return to your book shrine for two weeks. Spend those two weeks visiting bookstores and read all the signage directing readers through the aisles. Where would your book fit on those shelves?

Do you want to be a published author?
There's a lot of how-to books about that process via agents, indie publishers, and self publishing.
Do you want a career as a published author?
There's a lot of advice from authors, for free on their websites and blogs, about how they manage their career and writing process.
Do you want anyone to read your book?
Is it the best book you can write?
Do you know your theme, style, genre, and persona?

READ BOOKS you like by authors you love.
READ BOOKS that would be on the same shelf as yours.
READ BOOKS about how to write books, by authors that have done the deed.

After basking in the bliss of writing THE END for a few weeks, begin a new story and reconnect with the lifestyle of writing a book. Are you itching to pop more champagne, do more happy dancing, and write THE END - on this new story?

Do Not Market a book until it is the best book you can create for your audience.
Do Not Market a book until it is available for readers TO BUY.

Are you done? You never have to write another word for the rest of your life.
How does that make you feel, NOW?
Did you write a book that is worth reading?
Go to your shrine and begin reading your book from page one.

Writing the THE END means the author's work is just beginning.

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