Posted on 08/02/2018 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Kirkus Reviews’s Lauren Bailey says there’s an upside to how steep the learning curve can be for self-published authors: Many have gone before you, allowing you to learn from their missteps.

She shared thirteen common mistakes that indie authors make and how you can avoid them.

Here’s her list, but you should head over to the full post on Jane Friedman’s blog for explanations and the resources that will keep you on the right path.

  • Skimping on cover design. 

  • Not optimizing your book description.

  • Insufficient research and market analysis.

  • Slacking on (or entirely skipping) the editing process.

  • Bad timing.

  • Not selecting a specific release date and sticking to it.

  • Incorrectly formatting your book.

  • Not having someone read your book before you publish it.

  • No marketing.

  • Selling through only one distributor.

  • Charging the wrong price.

  • Not using your personal network.

  • Quitting if your first book tanks.

Categories: Behind the scenes

Comments
Terrific article, thank you! Cover and interior layout are SUPER DUPER important!!
Susie Schaefer | 09/20/2019 at 02:28 PM
I wanted to add, not handing out Advance Reader Copies in the first two to three weeks before you seriously market your book. You can get reviews from readers that will really help launch your book. Social proof from reviews is very big thing. We writers always have to be asking for reviews.
Lyle Nicholson | 07/26/2019 at 02:16 PM
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