Aaron taught me a lot. I’m particularly grateful for this advice: “Set the book aside for a month or two.”
In 2011 I wrote and published eight books. That's much too high a number for a one-person publishing company -- especially when the boss has another business, with employees, to watch over. I learned that it takes much more time and effort to promote a book than to write it. In 2012, 2013 and 14 I published about four books per year.
The 100 Worst Self-Publishing Misteaks: How amateurs can publish books like professionals -- or even better was supposed to be published in July of 2011.
Co-author Sheila Clark and I worked on it intermittently, but now it's almost finished. It's been almost finished for a long time. I learned a lot when I wasn't working on it, and the book will be better because of the pauses.
And now some reasons to NOT delay a book:
- You may lose interest in the subject.
- The subject may become less relevant to potential readers.
- There may be fewer potential readers.
- Someone else may publish a similar book.
- The similar book(s) may be better than yours.
- You can't stand reading it again and again.
- You have come to hate the title.
- You have come to hate the cover.
- You delay income.
- You may become ill, disabled or dead.