November 10, 2018 by Sarra Cannon
I am back today with some of my best advice on self-publishing, taken from my own lessons learned over the course of eight years since I published my first book, Beautiful Demons. My second tip is really one of the toughest truths about self-publishing, which is that you can’t take anything for granted.
I am getting very real with you guys in this video and post, because this is seriously one of the hardest things to learn about self-publishing.
To be honest, the only thing you can bank on in this business is that everything will change. There are very few things about self-publishing that stay the same. Everything from the way vendors promote books to the types of books readers love and support changes.
And it’s changing faster than ever in this digital world.
As an indie author, no one is guaranteeing you a specific salary or income level. No vendor is promising you that they will keep royalty rates the same or continue to offer the same perks they have offered in the past.
Things change overnight sometimes, and though this can be scary, the important thing is just to remember that you need to be conservative and stay flexible. The more you focus on the things that matter in the long term, the better off you will be.
Sure, try new tactics to get ahead if you want, but don’t ever assume that those tactics will continue to work beyond a few weeks or months. Instead, spend the majority of your focus on things that always stay the same – like writing amazing books and being good to your fans.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my Top 8 Tips and Lessons learned over the past 8 years of indie publishing.
Read or watch Tip #1, Comparison Kills Joy, here.
And come back on Monday to hear what my #3 tip is for self-publishing.
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