What Do You Wish You Knew BEFORE You Published Your Book?

If you are like me, you make sure you do as much research as possible before you make a decision so that you can avoid making costly mistakes.

So if you have not published your book yet, you might appreciate reading the following list of things authors wish they knew before they published their books.

If you have published your book already, feel free to leave a comment describing what you wish you knew before you published your book so new authors can benefit from your experience.

Before I published my first book, I wish I knew:

  1. That it would not be something that I could cram into a couple of all-night sessions like I used to do with some of my college papers. (Yes. I admit that I did cram on some of my papers.)
  2. How to create a style sheet during the editing process to make it easier for me to keep consistent formatting, spelling and punctuation preferences throughout the book.
  3. How easy it is to find endorsements to help promote the book.
  4. About POD distribution companies that make it easy to distribute a book around the world without requiring a dime in setup fees.
  5. About services like Writer’s Relief and QueryTracker.com that make it easier to find and connect with the literary agent needed to attract a traditional publishing company.
  6. These 26 facts about the traditional and self-publishing process that I never knew to ask questions about in the first place.

What other authors said they wish they knew before they published their first book:

  1. Research on the total cost of publishing a book, including marketing.  
  2. Target your audiences.
  3. Be prepared to give away some copies.
  4. Be prepared to do speaking engagements – no fee .
  5. Be prepared to pay your own travel expenses.
  6. Have patience.

Final Thought

We don’t know what we don’t know.

It’s one thing to ask questions and get answers, but often there are questions we should ask that we never think to ask.

Don’t let what you don’t know stop you from taking the leap into publishing when you know that publishing can help you reach your goal. Instead, let this knowledge-that there are things that you don’t understand-remind you to stay alert during the publishing process and connect with a mentor or consultant who can help you navigate the process.

Question: What do you wish you knew BEFORE you published your book?

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Danielle Fetherson

Danielle helps aspiring authors become published authors. She believes that everyone has at least one book on the inside of them that can make a positive impact on someone else's life. If you have been thinking about writing a book, learn how to start your book today with the free resources at DanielleFetherson.com.