I missed thousands of mistakes, and I mean thousands. I thought I'd gone over it and over it but it wasn't enough. No where near and as if that wasn't bad enough I had no idea how to format so I was double screwed.
2. I designed my own cover
I thought I was being all cute and artsy but in reality it just looked cheap and it didn't inspire people to buy my book.
3. I didn't have a website
Some people will tell you this isn't essential but for me, I'd say it absolutely is. My website is where I get subscribers to my mailing list, without that I have no readers.
4. No mailing list
I really had no idea what I was doing. I just thought that social media would do everything for me, especially if I used the ads. It was all lies. I needed a mailing list.
5. Marketing, What Marketing?
I didn't know how to market a brand new book. I had no idea. So again I just thought a Facebook Page and a Twitter Account would do it. Boy was I wrong.
6. I didn't give out ARCs
I didn't even know what an ARC was, let alone know how to go about giving them out or even how to find people to read them.
7. I didn't have a blog
What I really didn't get was that I wasn't selling a book, I was selling a brand, my Author brand. I was selling myself and to do that I needed to be heard.
8. I didn't take part in Facebook Book Groups
I found them really intimidating, and struggled to understand how I was supposed to contribute to them. I just had no clue how valuable a resource they were.
9. I found other authors terrifying
I thought they were looking down on me, because I was the novice. The kid who did not know what to do at all.
10. I didn't trust my own skill
I was so scared of criticism that I refused to communicate with anyone about my work. I didn't want to be told that I was a terrible writer or that I shouldn't quit the day job. I wanted praise and encouragement but I was so scared of criticism that I thought no comment was better than letting my fears come to life
Looking back, I now know a lot more about writing than I did then. I still have a long way to go but I'll get there. But in all seriousness, to any newbies out there, get on Facebook and join the Author Friends With Benefits Group. I promise you they will look after you.