Darkhaven came out at the beginning of July. It’s now the beginning of October. In publishing terms, that means it’s no longer a ‘new release’ but an established book – so this is the perfect time to take stock. Here are just a few of the many things I’ve learned about being a writer.
Back in the distant past, when I was a teenager starting to (attempt to) write fantasy novels, I assumed that finishing a book would be the hard part. After that, I'd simply find a publisher and my work would be done.
Even setting aside the idiocy of 'simply find a publisher', it turns out I was wrong.
The triangle of success
Did you ever study the fire triangle in school? You know, it's just a triangle with three sides – oxygen, heat and fuel – and if you take away any one of them, you no longer have a fire.
Here's a question for you: what makes you decide to buy a particular book? For me as a reader, it could be one or more of a number of factors:
1. I’ve heard good things about it from someone I trust, be that a review site or a friend.
2. I’ve interacted with the author in some way that didn’t involve them trying to sell me their book.
3. It’s by an author I know I like, and/or it’s been released by a publisher whose other books I’ve enjoyed.
4. It’s on sale so I figure it’s worth giving it a shot.
5. I needed something to read in a hurry and this one caught my eye in the bookstore (physical or virtual).