Admit it. We all look around and see the writers who make a living from writing, but we're here struggling to even be noticed. Some people have thousands of Twitter and Facebook followers...and some of us only have 100-200, if that. We see success and get jealous because obviously there's a secret we're missing.
In my experience, I've found that the best way to gain followers and get word out is to push, push, push. Make yourself seen. Send out press releases, make book trailers, ask people with lots of followers to make a quick shout out. Some people will, some people won't. Don't get angry if someone doesn't.
Just push forward.
Let's say you've written three-quarters of a book. You're nearing the end and you're excited to finish. What happens? Most likely, you'll rush. You want to finish. You want to breathe. You know once those last words are typed, you can sit back and forget about the book for a while. The hard part will be over.
When you write that first draft, you're going to rush near the end. Maybe you type summaries of what would happen so you could just go back and expand later.
Whatever you do, DON'T edit right after you write the last word. Don't touch the book for 24 hours. After 24 hours is up, don't touch it for another week.
The story is fresh in your mind. You won't feel it, but after writing a book, your brain is like mud after a rainstorm. Everything is so jumbled up in your head that it all flows together.
You might editing is the best choice because everything needs editing, but if you only listen to one thing I ever say, listen to this: DON'T EDIT RIGHT AFTER FINISHING. Wait anywhere from a week to a month or more.
So you waited a few weeks, made your revisions, and now you want to send the story to beta readers. Once again, STOP. Back away from the manuscript. Wait. Once another week or two has gone by, go back to the story and edit it again.
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Editing should tighten the story. You want to say big things as quickly as possible. Stay creative, though. Don't simplify everything to the point where it's all a bunch of statements tied together. Keep the color, but don't use to much paint (the metaphors are pouring out today).
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That's all I have for today, but keep checking back for more!