There are a few things I should have known before I published my first book, little stuff that other writers didn’t tell me. I haven’t seen any articles written about this stuff nor have I taken a workshop at a writer’s conference concerning this issue either. I’m sure everything that I’m learning along the way doesn’t just apply to writers.  The same things is true of artists, singers, songwriters, , seamstresses, cooks, chefs, or any other field where you put your heart into what you’re passion about.



I decided to keep a list of things I should have known and share it with everyone. Please feel free to add to the list and send me those tidbits you’ve found out along the way, too.  The more we know the better we can prepare.

The people you think will buy your book, won’t.

The people you think won’t buy your book, will.

The more you write the more you want to write.

There is never enough time to write as much as you’d like.

Just when you think you’re done editing, you’ll need to edit some more.





Unless you’re really lucky there will be at least one error in your book.

Some people will write cruel reviews, get over it.

Some people will write glowing reviews, get over it.

Even when you think you’re going to write all day, you can’t.

Schedule some time not to write, it will help your creativity

Writers make good friends.

Not all advice is good advice.

Follow your own counsel.

Don’t obsess over the sales numbers, write the next book.


  1. I don’t believe we will ever know all that we should about writing. because it’s always evolving. It’s like when you watch a movie for the 20th time and wonder how did I miss that part, a word, an expression or a piece of dialogue? I believe it’s the same with writing. Every editor, reader or publisher see the piece of work from a different angle. I think the most important thing is to learn from all of it.

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