Stephen King wrote 63 novels and 120 short stories under a pen name before his first novel became a success. For seven straight years, he wrote 5,000+ words a day. That’s the dedication you need to succeed as a writer.
Writing is a soul-crushing job. For the people viewing from the other side, it feels like writers just sit down at their screen and write things down. It feels like a smooth process. But it’s much more complicated than that.
Long hours, endless ideas, massive organization of those ideas, and tons of failures make a writer successful.
One of the significant steps towards a writer’s success is publishing their first novel. It might seem like an easy job, but then again, nothing in life is easy.
So, here are six things that you need to consider before publishing your first novel.
1. All big names use ghostwriters
Do you believe that Steve Jobs wrote his biography? Not at all. He was too busy changing the world. He hired writers who wrote his book.
As a new writer, maybe your writing is still not up to the mark, so that you can use a ghostwriter in the beginning. Or perhaps you don’t have that creativity to put ideas into words. In that case, ghostwriting can help big time.
2. Learn bookselling before book writing
On Amazon, you see best-selling authors, not book-writing authors. As a writer, it’s easy to organize ideas into words, but it’s challenging to sell those ideas to the publisher.
Yet, writers think that whatever they know and write will be loved by readers, but that’s hardly the case. Before writing your first book, you need to ask, who will be buying the book? What will be the price point that you want to set? Who will distribute the book, and what you’re going to promote?
Once you can answer these questions, it will be easy to write and publish a book that people will love to read and share with their friends.