"Change is difficult, usually, simply because it feels different, or requires unfamiliar tools, or even a new language. (Remember how people communicated with one another – letters, telephone, in person – before the advent of social media? No? Me neither.)"
"I had a total of about 30 people read, edit, and discuss the book with me prior to publishing. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Once I received all of my feedback, I went through a final edit... The entire experience was enlightening, overwhelming, exciting, and really liberating."
"Create the best product possible and then realize that you're going to have to market. Traditional authors, unless they are in that select group of bestsellers, must market. Know that it's the second step in becoming a successful author."
"For the purpose of this contest, a self-published book is one where the decision to publish the book was the author's alone, the transaction involved the author paying any upfront costs for services, and the book is currently available for viewing and/or purchase."
"I am lucky to have a great group of author friends though that I network with and socialize with online on a daily basis. Writing can be a very solitary endeavor so it's important to have support or feel like you're a part of a community."
"My female characters all are women with everyday issues like my own. I think most women readers prefer characters they can identify with rather than those that are picture perfect. For me, it’s easy to shift my own flaws onto my characters and very satisfying to watch as they overcome them."
"First, be prepared to learn. There’s no way to know everything about any profession without going through the experience. Second, creating your brand while being true to yourself is as important as creating your narrative voice."
"Take an extra month, or whatever it takes, to make sure you put out the best possible book. Readers deserve it and so do you. Don't put out something that's at draft quality and call it a great book."