How many times have we asked that question in our lives? That whole thing about "knowing then what you know now" has a tendency to crop up every so often. You are just cruising along, and then you have something crop up that makes you think, Damn, if I knew now...I would have never gotten on that bus... or something else along those lines. We all have events in our lives that we can trace back to a certain moment that, had we only turned left...or not said "hi" to that girl or guy.
Well, I doubt we will ever see an honest-to-goodness time machine, so maybe we can settle for the next best thing. Many of you are writers, or trying to carve out your niche as you begin on the journey. Some of you have been on the path for a while. So...what sort of advice do you wish you would have been told earlier on that would have perhaps made things a bit easier or smoother?
Now before any of you "non" writer folks think you have nothing to contribute...actually, you have a big role...
As a reader, what are you looking for in your next book selection? What are some of the things that really bring you in? What will get you to walk away?
I figure that I would start the week off on a positive note...and what better way than to lend a helping hand to my fellow authors. No matter how far along you are on this journey...you have SOMETHING to offer here, so let the comments fly.
My own little insight would be this...
Always have a new project in the hopper. The early days, I was so excited about finishing that first story, I would take this nice long break between projects. If you want to make a name for yourself (at least in the Indie scene) you need to be coming out with something on a regular basis. Sure, George R. R. Martin can wait two or three years between installments in his series...but I am NOT him.
I decided it would be a great idea to write an installment from Zomblog, and then one from DEAD. Well...as much as I would like it to be different, not everybody who reads one will necessarily read the other. If I could go back, I would finish one series BEFORE diving into the other.