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3 Self-Inflicted Wounds Made by Most Indie Authors.

The 3 Things Indie Authors Keep Getting Wrong and Need to Stop Doing Immediately.

As an author of indie books—and an occasional reader of indie books—I felt compelled to write this brutally honest, open letter to indie authors, even if I receive hate mail for it.

There are three failures that keep rearing their ugly heads in far too many self-published books. And as long as authors insist on committing these three self-publishing mistakes, they will keep hurting their book sales, their potential writing careers, and the indie publishing community as a whole.

If you’re an indie author who’s committing any—or all three—of the following self-inflicted wounds, the good news is they can all be remedied.

Let’s examine each of them below.

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What happens when an author reads a classic but doesn’t like it?

There’s an unwritten rule that says the literary world possesses certain books all authors must love and laud (even if secretly, they’ve never read them).

Just like a painter who doesn’t like Picasso or Monet, or a classical musician who doesn’t like Bach or Mozart, if an author doesn’t like a book that’s been deemed a classic, then he must be unrefined, or worse . . . uncivilized.

In my case I’d been wanting to read a particular book for a few years, not just because it was a book that I was interested in, but also because I heard other readers rave about this literary work, and it was oftentimes referenced by other authors in their books, articles, and essays, especially as it related to the current times we live in.

So, a few years ago I finally purchased the book, moved it from my to-read list to my currently reading list, sat down in a comfy chair, and prepared to embark on the incredible journey this book was sure to take me on — an adventure that many had traversed before me.

But there was only one problem.

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Why I will never participate in NaNoWriMo.

img_2428We’re only a week away from the start of the highly anticipated annual writing project known as National Novel Writing Month. Right now thousands of writers are preparing to begin this project that officially commences on November 1st.

The month-long writing event—most commonly referred to by its abbreviation, NaNoWriMo—challenges authors to write 50,000 words in the span of 30 days. This annual project is quite popular and has helped launch the careers of several authors as they ended up publishing the novels they wrote during NaNoWriMo.

Another positive byproduct of NaNoWriMo is that it promotes discipline, dedication, and perseverance to the craft of writing as authors must maintain an approximate 1,667 minimum daily word count in order to complete 50,000 words by the deadline.

But what I want to address in this essay is the one glaring negative no one seems to talk about, and is the reason why I will never partake in NaNoWriMo.

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