Self-publishing is a "trend" that's turned out to be a tried-and-true method for authors to get their works directly to readers. But it's not always an easy path, there are many variables to consider and control along the way. To help new writers figure it all out, we'll be spotlighting various self-publishing heavy hitters — including authors, editors and industry professionals — here on the RT blog each month with our new Self-Pub Like a Pro column. This month Courtney Milan, who found her self-publishing niche with her Brothers Sinister series, is here to shine some light on our biggest questions.
1. What's the most important thing to keep in mind when self-publishing?
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should be writing the best book you can. I know that sounds flippant, but trust me, that's the No. 1 thing. You can recover from any other mistakes. Prices, covers and key words can be changed. You cannot recover from writing a terrible book. Your first goal should be to look at the reader experience.