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Tell us your biggest business lesson learned. If you were to start your
writing career all over again, what would you do differently?
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Where do I start? There are so many things I could do better, but that’s part of the learning curve with becoming an author, especially when you have no mentors around you to help out. Hoeing that row alone can be quite a feat. Where does one start, because it certainly is more than writing a book.
The biggest thing I would change is to fix my understanding of grammar earlier on, and how to write more compelling copy. Grammar is an easy fix if you work with a great editor who takes the time, and you can set aside your ego long enough to brush up your skills. Unfortunately, many educational institutions do not put enough emphasis on proper writing. You end up doing all right, so long as you don’t want to be a writer. If you do, oh, lord, you’ve got a lot to undo and a lot to polish.
One of the best things I did was continue my higher education. It taught me how to write better. There I found the mentors I needed to get my skill set where it needed to be. Writing every day will not fix it. Writing every day without learning how to write better can reinforce bad habits. So be wary of that advice.
As for writing more compelling copy, that is a skill that requires constant work. An author needs to have their finger on the proverbial pulse of culture. They need to get what sells. Marketing classes would go a long way to clearing up the how, if not the execution, too. In my opinion, the how is the most difficult part. Really understanding what attracts readers would almost certainly create a solid base on which to write copy.
So I guess what I’d change is that I’d do more classes around the business end of being an author.
One other thing. If I had the power to change it, I’d make social media a boon that happened sooner. It’s fantastic for getting to network and meet your readers, which is not just good for business but good for an author’s soul.
Let’s see what the other authors have to say…
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Stevie Turner says
Yes I’d love to know what kinds of books attract readers too! Let’s hope when I find out, it’s a genre I like to write in…
Captain Maiel says
Each genre attracts readers, it’s just figuring out how to get those readers to look at yours. I have great content, but connecting with those who would enjoy it is tough. There’s a lot of noise that drowns me out. That’s why writing compelling copy would go a long way. How do I write teasers and promotions that cut above the noise?