If I could go back in time with the information I have now I wouldn’t go back to 2012 when I first published. I would go back to 2007 when I started writing a thriller that I never finished. I would have finished it but probably never published because I don’t think it would have been any good. It would have given me some experience and also shown that I can finish a book. I would then continue to write books instead of just writing down ideas. At the time I didn’t think I could ever be good enough to be trad published and I wasn’t going to do vanity press. Self-publishing on eBooks just didn’t seem like an option.
While I’m back there I’d stop myself from going to New Horizons and spending a butt load of money on IT certifications I will end up never using.
Anyway back to writing.
I think it was 2010 when I first heard you could self-publish on Amazon, though it could have been earlier or later than that I can’t remember. Instead of once again thinking I couldn’t possibly be good enough to do this, or that it was too difficult for me, I would bust my ass and publish. I would do a series, paranormal romance, and I wouldn’t publish until I was completely done with the first and second book in the series. I would find a way to pay for an editor and I would get a professional to do the cover art, though I have no idea where I’m getting this money since I was broke back then. I would then publish the first book and the second a month later.
Back in the day kindle select was the thing to do so I wouldn’t initially worry about other publishers until the first run of select ran out. Then I would put those books on everything. I would also have a mailing list in the back of each book. I would have my books on goodreads and I’d have a facebook account and a website. I wouldn’t worry about ads anywhere. I would just write and try to publish a book a month or maybe every other month.
That is what I would do if I could go back in time.
Well, I’ll be honest, if I could go back in time I would go see Elvis in concert, before he was fat. I would see Star Wars opening weekend. I would buy Google stock. I would eventually get around to redoing the whole writing thing.