It’s been almost a year to the day since Healing Inc. debuted on April 2, 2012. What have I learned? A lot. The most important lesson I’ve learned is probably one you’ll hear over and over again in the world of self publishing… Invest in a good editor. A good editor is worth their weight in gold. I was blessed to find one who not only does a superb job, but has a great sense of humor. Ms. Devin is not in it to coddle. She provides precious feedback that makes me think and provides sound suggestions, which help enhance the quality of my work.
The second most important lesson: No matter how great the idea, there will come a time during a work in progress where you start to think “this is stupid”. With the support of great readers and family, I have learned to push through these periods of self doubt. How? I write on. Everything always seems to get better with re-writing and editing. Still, that initial doubt is a powerful thing and often leads to the death of many a great idea. If you plan on becoming a writer, please don’t let it.
And lesson three: Write what you want to read. Not everyone is going to like what you write and as long as they can, some will voice as much. Some will criticize content. Others will criticize style. It won’t always be easy to ignore their opinions. My suggestion; hang with those who want you around and don’t waste precious time trying to fit in with those who don’t. More than likely, you will find your audience. These are the people you continue to share your imagination with.
Well, I hope bit of info is helpful to someone. My next book Luca’s Dilemma is due to be released by the end of April. Here’s to another year of happy writing.