With that being said, I wish I would have known how dynamic the industry is, always changing the rules just when you get the hang of it. I wish I’d been told how much time and effort I would need to spend on marketing outside the hours I spend writing. And I also wish I’d known from the beginning how isolating it was going to be.
So to new authors I say:
Trust your gut. Be true to yourself not only in your writing but in your marketing as well. Surround yourself with great authors who understand what it’s like in the trenches and will help pull you up by your bootstraps. Know that your books won’t be liked by everyone and that’s okay. Just because a few people don’t like meatloaf doesn’t mean others won’t think it’s delicious. Find an editor who isn’t afraid to be brutally honest. And above all else, keep reading and keep writing.