You don’t have to look very hard to find a zillion articles and blog posts and newsletters and books and YouTube videos filled with all kinds of advice on writing: how to do it; when to do it; why it matters; “art for art’s sake” or “pander to the audience and get paid”; etc.
The problem with that kind of advice is that here is no “right” answer for everyone, so, in the greater scheme of things, nobody has a clue. I mean, all of that is good to read and understand, but in the end, there are too damn many variables. If the big publishing houses that have been selling books for decades, even centuries, can’t repeat their successes with any regularity, then there is no “advice” that means much in any universal sort of way, at least not in terms of guaranteeing the success of a book.
However, there are some things that can work for everyone, or almost everyone. And that’s what I have here. Everything on my list is stuff you can actually, physically do, that will actually help you. None of what follows is subjective. Everything below is totally, 100% in your control. It’s like, if this was an article about cars and driving, it would be more of a “how to change your spark plugs” kind of thing than a “how to win the Daytona 500” thing. Continue reading 7 Tips for Writing and Publishing Your Book – Practical Stuff I Learned over My First 7 Novels