This is a question I have asked for many years now, in fact I started asking myself this whenI decided to write for publication. I wanted to know what I would have to do to be a good author. I don’t know that I have all the answers, but I have come up with a few things that I know for a fact are required to make a good author. And when I say “good” author, I mean successful.
What is success? My definition is: the positive result of serious effort and smart decision making with a specific goal in mind.
So what does it take? Here are my top ten things.
A good author needs to be 100% enthusiastic about their work.
A good author needs to be consistent in their efforts and values.
A good author needs to be totally committed to the successful sales of their book. Not just in getting it into production.
A good author needs to be determined to succeed. They need to be willing do whatever it takes and to make sacrifices if necessary.
A good Author needs to be vigilent in their efforts for continued writing, marketing, and selling. Being an author is a multi-faceted experience and not an easy one.
A good author needs to be willing to invest whatever time is required to attend events, meet people, and talk about their work.
A good author needs to surround themself with other successful people as well as people who are eager to support and encourage them in all of their positive efforts.
A good author must accept the way the industry works and be willing to adjust their efforts as things change without giving up what they truly believe in.
A good author must roll with the punches. The book industry is a funny one and sometimes the only solution is to sit back and laugh at life before getting back up and doing what you have to.
A good author has to have the true in-your-gut-can’t live without it desire to be successful. Just saying it doesn’t make it so.
Don’t write a book and expect everyone else to do all the work for you. It is your book and no one is responsible for its success except you.
A good author needs to believe!