Advice you would give new authors?
When I first started writing nearly seven years ago, I wished that I knew what I know now. The hardest part about writing isn’t writing the story, but figuring how to promote it. I had no idea what I would do once I published my first book. There was a lot of trial and error. One thing I learned early on was the importance of a launch team and or Street team. I have an amazing street team that has been with me for five years. I don’t know where I would be without them. Another must, finding readers who will become a part of an ARC team. Reviews are an enormous part in determining how well your book sells. There isn’t one person who I know who wouldn’t love to receive a free book for an honest review.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
The world is filled with self-published authors and I am one of them. When I first began writing I learned that there are many self-publishing companies out there all of which wanted to promote my book. They are not all what they are cracked up to be. Writer beware. I learned the hard way. I chose one of these companies and I was not impressed. Yes, they talked about marketing my book to film producers, book expos, and so on, but for a handsome fee. I didn’t like the fact that didn’t have control over my work. Needless to say, I ended my contract and now I have control over my work. Not to say that you won’t have better luck, but for me, I would never use a self-publishing company again.