What I Wish I Had Known Before
Writing My First Book
2. You need to know about publishing options before you finish your book. I knew nothing
about publishing while I was writing my book. I thought once I wrote it, I could just find a publisher.
Imagine my surprise when I found out how long things take, and how small the industry is here in
Australia compared to the US and UK! I also found out that I should have sent a query letter and a pro-
posal as opposed to a completed book (for non-fiction at least). If you know your options, then you can
set things in motion before you finish the manuscript. It will also keep momentum going on your road
to publication by whatever means you want.
3. Publishers want a “platform” and a marketing plan as part of your query/
submission. If you are not an established author, this is even more important. I have lots about this
on the blog – but I will particularly point you back to How Gary Vaynerchuk
got a 10 book deal with
4. There are other methods to publication other than the traditional route. Don‘t be dis-
couraged and don‘t give up! Free your creativity! Use your energy to get your words out there! Self-
, publish an ebook, write a blog, write articles, do a podcast, use print-on-demand. There are so
many options and adventures to be had with your creativity.
5. Promotion can be done yourself, with time and no money. Suck up all the knowledge you
can and do it yourself. Don‘t have your finished book sitting sad at home – get it out there! You can
even make it onto Oprah with a self-published book
now. My story is not quite so ‗big‘, but I made it on
Australian National TV
with my self-published book ―How to Enjoy Your Job‖. I didn‘t have the budget
for a publicist so I spent 9 months learning about marketing. A great investment! ( I also share every-
thing in the Author 2.0 course – click here to learn more
6. Writing and publishing books is addictive! You might think you will only write this one, but
soon you have loads more ideas for more books! I have now written 3 non-fiction books, with my first
novel currently underway.
Writing is a journey, but a book is a goal. You can
make it. You can hold your book in your hands. It is achiev-
able. But it is not just about just writing, you actually have to
set a target and then make it happen. Make your goal SMART
– Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based. So
don‘t say ―I will write my Lord of the Rings style trilogy epic
in 6 weeks‖. That‘s not going to happen.
But you can say ―I will write 1000 words per day on my <genre> novel and I will finish the first draft in
3 months‖. When you write that first book, you struggle because it seems endless…but you can make it!