What I Wish I Knew Before I Began – Guest Post & Interview: Amanda Shofner

Dan Alatorre

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I started publishing, it’s that I have a lot to learn. Publishing, like writing, is something you only ever see the final product of. You see other people publish and think, “Oh, I could totally do that.”

And while yeah, you can, it’s so much more complicated than that.

Here’s what I wish I knew before I began—and what might help you go into publishing with your eyes opened a little wider than mine. (And make you more successful faster.)

  1. Author is a verb.

Being an author isn’t just something you are. It’s a job, whether you’re traditionally or self-published, or whether you write full-time or on the side. That means authoring is everything you do: writing, editing, formatting, publishing, networking, marketing, learning.

Authoring isn’t for the faint of heart.

Being an author is much more than writing a book. Don’t fall into…

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