Do you have what it takes to be a successful self-published author? Here are 5 traits they’ve all got—see if you match up.
Writing a book is no easy feat. You must push through seemingly endless rounds of edits, choose a perfectly designed cover, develop a marketing and promotional plan, and much more—all on your own. Your willingness to tackle all the moving parts that go into writing and launching a book as a self-published author means you’re already on the path to success, because not many people can do what you’re doing. It takes a lot of focus and dedication, but moving forward with your goals and persevering through all the ups and downs of publishing a book means you’re already halfway to a successful book launch.
Of course you need to be creative to write a book—it’s the bread and butter of who you are as a writer. There are days where your creative fountain is flowing faster than the ever, whereas other days you’re left wondering if you’ve used it all up. But knowing in the back of your mind that you were born with a creative spark will calm your worries about your less productive writing days, and give you the motivation to continue doing what you do best.
In order to succeed in writing (or any dream you have for that matter) you must be passionate about your craft. It’s hard enough to write books and open yourself up for the world to see. That’s why pulling inspiration from your true passion for the literary arts is a necessity if you want to succeed in the publishing world. Don’t let the frustrating parts of publishing your own book overshadow why you started your project in the first place—there’s a reason you do what you do.
As a trait that often gets overlooked, your knack for common sense when it comes to your book will help you get farther than your peers who are living in their own fantasy world. You know the New York Times likely isn’t going to cover any unknown, self-published books (unless of course they become an overnight sensation and warrant a story). It takes time to build a brand and name recognition in any industry, and the publishing world is no different. Your common sense business acumen will help you create a logical PR and promotional plan that includes building relationships at the local level first before reaching out to national media.
It’s easy to get caught up in feeling like you’re an artistic genius with an unmatched vision for storytelling (you’re not alone). But one great thing about you is your willingness to go with the flow and be open to suggestions from industry experts who only want the best for your book. It’s important to listen and take in all constructive criticisms with a humble and objective ear. Then, after you’ve had time to examine them all, you can decide which make the most sense to move forward with, and which you can leave behind. Your ability to be open about what you could improve already makes you light years ahead of your peers who often get stuck in a feedback loop from ‘yes’ men.