There isn’t an author who doesn’t have a list that starts with “Next time …” or “If I had it to do all over, I would …”
It is essentially an author and publishing bucket list of things to do “right” vs. snafus and boo-boos along the way. We all make them, even those of us who have published many times.
Those blunders, bloopers and boo-boos—mistakes—cost you money. Sometimes they are just small amounts of time and/or money; unfortunately, sometimes they are sizeable enough to literally knock you out of the playing field. Mistakes range widely. They are about working with the wrong people, getting on the wrong path, not planning, not being realistic, sometimes even low-balling what your real potential is. Mistakes can even easily suck you into publishing predator land. And, they can launch you into a misdirection, one you hadn’t planned to go down.
Initially, I envisioned the AuthorYOU Mini-Guides Series opening with Publishing Timelines. It didn’t. Instead, The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers jumped ahead of what I planned. That happened on a Saturday morning during my monthly AuthorYOU free coaching that I hold in my home in Colorado. One of the participants was contemplating a crowdfunding campaign and was clueless as to what it took—how to even go about it. She, and others, needed a mini-guide.
With that written and published, I thought I could turn my attention back to Publishing Timelines. Nope. Once again, between the monthly in-person coaching and the weekly phone coaching, there was another nagging topic that kept surfacing—mistakes.
Those blunders, bloopers and boo-boos that are common, not-so-common, costly and author-sucking mistakes.
Yikes, at times I wondered to myself—Why? Why are the same blunders, bloopers, boo-boos, mishaps, snafus—you name it—keep bubbling up? Surely there is enough info on the Internet to shout out fair warning.
Once again, Publishing Timelines, as did Publishing Costs, got pushed back. Author and book mistakes prevention was critical. Authors had to avoid those perilous paths whenever possible. If the long laundry list of blunders, bloopers, boo-boos wasn’t put out, timelines didn’t matter. It’s now slated as “next” in the AuthorYOU Mini-Guide Series.
Newbie authors can easily become overwhelmed. Old-timers can as well … or they just get tired with all the “new stuff” that keeps gurgling up that they are told they “must do.” Within How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos I’ve identified a variety of critical elements to publishing success that are unknown or ignored (or sometimes forgotten). Either way, there is a huge cost to authors.
P.S. One of the blunders that authors make is not asking for help. All authors want reviews, need reviews, of their work. Do this author a favor and post a review on Amazon for my book. Thank you.
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