4 Important Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Know

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Pushing that PUBLISH button is a big moment, and your life is different – for better or worse – from that moment on.


Writers need to get over the fear of publishing.


I was lucky, I started by writing family humor essays and my stuff was out there for a years on Facebook where friends read it and enjoyed it and shared it with strangers and encouraged me, so I knew what was funny and how to hook readers and how to get an audience to cry before I ever sat down to create a book. Still, pushing that PUBLISH button is a big moment, and your life is different – for better or worse – from that moment on.


I know each new story is better than the last one and believe it will be well received, but getting past that initial fear, worrying that I was about to humiliate myself, was hard for me and is hard for most writers.


What I can tell you is DO IT.


Publish book one and get book two out as soon as possible. There are very few Harper Lee’s. Most of us are going to have to write a few books to get good at it.


Here are the FOUR most important things every aspiring author needs to know:


  1. Don’t polish it forever, put it out there.
  2. At some point the changes aren’t improvements, they’re just changes.
  3. Believe in yourself and start achieving your dream. It waits for you on the other side of the publish button.
  4. Mobs do not show up with pitchforks and torches if your book is bad, and odds are you didn’t write something bad.


  • From an interview with Cathleen Townsend in her blog The Beauty Of Words when she asked me “What has been the hardest thing about publishing for you?”


When chasing after your story, KEEP AFTER IT!


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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

21 thoughts on “4 Important Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Know

  1. I am possibly an average writer, maybe quite good? But I am a hopeless promoter/marketer, so the world may never know what I am. You cannot expect to be good at everything, can you?
    (but I still try…)

  2. I’m reading Patti Smith’s autobiography at the moment. What I love most is that she was not in a hurry to make it big. She got a ton of offers for poetry, music and writing and said no to all of them until she felt ready for it. I liked that!

    1. You know what, a lot of the time we talk about how you have to be bold as a writer and go to the places that would make most people uncomfortable. You do that a lot on your blog. Would you want to do an interview and talk about that?

  3. Important words–worth repeating.

    I just published *tosses virtual confetti around* but by the end, I’d lost track of anything good on why I was doing this. I just wanted the pain to stop. It was that bad. I’m not proud of this, but it turned out I couldn’t do it sober. The fear and anxiety and anti-self-worth scripts were so strong that it took everything I had.

    But I pushed that button and now the past two weeks have been reduced to a hiccup.

    Don’t let fear keep you from publishing.

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