What would I tell a new author?

What would I tell a new author?  Guest post by John Nicholl

Just write

I’d say, if you want to write, just give it a go and see where you get to. What have you got to lose? No-one really knows if they can write well until they sit down and give it a go. The publishing world is changing fast, and it has never been easier to get your work out there in front of the public on a worldwide basis. Platforms like Amazon make publishing easy, so why not let the readers decide if your work is worth buying and reading. They’ll soon let you know if they like it or not.

Quality matters

But with that said… and this is important… thousands of new books are published every single week! That’s a lot of books and most don’t sell many copies. If you’re going to succeed, you’ve got to make sure that your books stand out from the crowd. You need to produce a quality product. If the book isn’t professionally produced it’s unlikely to sell. You need a great cover and properly edited and proofread content. Then once that’s all done, and you’ve made your book available for sale… you need reviews.

Get reviewed

Reviews really matter. Potential buyers often decide whether to give your book a go depending on what other readers think. Send your book to as many bloggers as you can and hope for the best. Brilliant companies like Goddess Fish can help with this if required.

What would I tell a new author?  Guest post by John Nicholl
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker, manager and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which are Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or anyone interested in proposing a joint creative project. He can be contacted via his author website at:

What would I tell a new author?  Guest post by John Nicholls


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