The secret to being a successful author may rely more on what you don’t do than what you do. The eight tips below showcase similar behaviors emulated by successful authors.
1. Successful Authors don’t take “No” for an answer.
Ask any successful author how many rejections he or she amassed before getting a publishing deal and you’ll get an answer like “too many to count,” or “enough to line my bathroom walls with.”
While the impulse is to toss all rejections in the recycling bin, if you know how to read them right, they can offer you valuable clues to help you get one step closer to getting published. This article will help you know how to deal strategically with rejections.
2. They don’t focus on things they can’t control.
While you can control how many submissions you send or what you decide to write about, you have no control over “the market” or whether another book just came out that makes your book a particularly difficult sell. Adjust course if need be, and keep writing.
3. They don’t expect immediate results.
Becoming a good writer takes time, and often many, many revisions. You learn as you go along, and get better and better the more dedicated you are. Be patient, be persistent, be relentless in the pursuit of your goals.
4. They don’t resent other authors’ successes.
The most successful authors don’t focus on other writers’ sales or reviews or fame. They keep their focus on their own work. Resentment will only get in the way of you doing your best work.
5. They don’t waste time online.
Social media, email, and online news and shopping can be very seductive, but be a time suck as well. Successful authors know the value of solitude and isolation to deepen their work and increase productivity.
6. They don’t wait for success to happen.
They go after what they want. They attend workshops and writers conferences and meet agents and publishers. They learn all they can about what it takes to create a marketable book. They enlist professionals to help them. And when their book is out there in the world, they continue to promote it and expand their readership.
7. They don’t go it alone.
Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. If they don’t have support at home, they reach out to other like-minded authors to help them along the way. One way of finding support is through writing groups and retreats. The Guided Novel Writing Retreat is one such retreat that will not only support you, but help you forge new writing friends.
8. They don’t write until they drop.
Sure, you may be on a roll. But taking breaks are just as important to your writing as producing a certain number of words a day. It’s so easy to fall into the routine of writing, writing, writing, that we almost get too close to our work, adopting troubling “tunnel vision” and depleting our energies. This article offers some great ways to recharge your batteries.