The following post was published on the Rose Hall Media tips for writers site: (re-blogged with permission)
Bob Mayer says that 99% of the advice you’re hearing about writing and publishing comes from 1% of authors.
His blog post explores the question: “So how much of that advice actually applies and is it useful?”
We agree with these of his conclusions:
- These days there are many options–and that’s often confusing to those with little or no publishing experience.
- We suggest you find a mentor/guide who is willing to explain diverse options to you in coherent, understandable language.
- And look for those who will tell you pros AND cons of each path;
- Doubt promises of fabulous, quick success and immense wealth.
- The world of publishing is changing at lightning speed–and the 3-year-old advice you’re hearing might be covered in dust and cobwebs.
- Be skeptical of those who imply their way is the only way.
- Writing/Publishing has a very steep learning curve.
- Everyone, especially an Indie Author, needs help learning the rules of writing and the business of publishing in order to artistically follow or break them.
- Don’t be in a hurry. Learn your craft and business thoroughly and well:
- As a writer, you’ll use themes, structure, characters, plot/organization and words-learn how to use your tools.
- As an author, you must put on your “business” attitude and know why your book is valuable to a reader; how many buyers are potentially in your target market; what is the competition and why your book is unique. And then you must assess whether your book actually matches your vision of it; and find a way to publicize yourself and your book.
- And there is no single “way to do it.”
- To be successful in this rapidly changing industry of writing and publishing, you must know its long history so you can blaze a new path. (read Bob Mayer’s full post about writing and publishing advice here).
Do you have writing and/or publishing goals? Whose advice do you trust?