I hear that a lot.
You’re welcome. Here’s my secret.
When I put my first book out, I had all sorts of questions. There was a very helpful website at the time that allowed me to ask questions to people who had much more indie experience than I did. They were extremely helpful.
Every time I had a rookie question, I would swallow my fear and just ask it in the plainest, simplest way possible. Veterans would come in and answer the question. Newer people would say things like “Oh, I had that question, too.”
The other thing I saw was people had been on that site for years and had the same questions I was asking as a rookie. That meant they were afraid to ask or didn’t know to ask, and had foundered unnecessarily for too long.
So I asked lots and lots of basic simple questions over there because I knew every question I asked, lots of other people had that same question, they were just too afraid to ask it publicly.
Same thing here. Every time I help some new author in a critique group or privately, there are usually some basic issues they are dealing with and I just use them as an example (without using their name) and answer it here – so everyone can benefit.
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Check out his other works HERE.