Building your own way as an author

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on this website. I am a little nervous to start posting here again, as this website was meant to be my catalog of writing steps. I tried this and that happened. I’ve found myself a bit too busy to maintain the website, so hopefully this is a step in the right direction. Lately I’ve found that my path is very different then other people.

Many authors have different levels of success and that’s what they know.¬†When they give advice, they are often just chronicling what has worked for them. That means when you throw out an idea they haven’t tried, they are inclined to be wary of that.

Here are 5 steps to building your own way as an author:

1.) Define a taste of success

When you define success, most people set their sight on massive success. It’s easy and inspiring to point to the mountain and declare you’re going to climb that. Half way up the first hill, the mountain may start looking like it’s not worth it anymore. Instead, it might be best to look at the first hill and say, I wonder what’s on the other side of that hill. Small wins help define a better path up the mountain then undertaking everything at once.

2.) Build something you’re proud of

This point, and the next, are at odds with each other. On this point, I’ll mention that you should look back at your work and be excited. It may have taken lots of time an energy, but what you build will always be yours.

3.) Embrace failure

Don’t be a perfectionist. Thinking something can be perfect is very egotistical. It makes way more sense to practice, practice, practice. After all, it’s more important to have a good batting average than just hit a single home run. Fans want an author who delivers time and time again. That’s what practice is all about.

4.) Constant test and measure

Each book and each book promotion will work differently. Constantly measuring results and only investing little bits are the way to determine how to market your work. Don’t rely on someone preaching about a promotion, as it may not work for you. Discover what works for you bit by bit.

5.) Keep curious

 There are so many ways to build yourself as an author. Each way may result in different things. Keeping curious and trying out new things will help a person learn what they enjoy, and how to build books and content that others will enjoy.