I have a few years of experience in the publishing industry. I was a literary agent for almost two years and then went to work for a small, independent publisher, mainly working on their children’s line. I think I’ve gotten to know some things about writing and the industry. What is working and what isn't, what’s trending, made contacts and formed meaningful and supportive friendships within the industry. I worked hard. I had to learn the ropes...the hard way. I did research, I asked questions, I watched videos, read books, took classes, read, wrote and asked more questions. I went to seminars and conferences to learn. A few years later I finally feel like I have learned a little. And what I mean by “a little” is literally – a little. Even when you publish a book , pass a goal, or work in the publishing world you should always strive to learn more. This industry is always changing. There is a ton of information to learn and when you finally learn it all it changes - more learning to do.
Don’t think by publishing a book that you will be “in the know”. I bet you will find yourself even more confused about the industry at that point. Never stop striving to improve your knowledge, your writing, your marketing, your contacts, etc. All of us need to keep growing and learning, especially as writers.
Next blog post I will share a story about what happens when you DO get a little knowledge under your belt.
Keep writing and reading!