- How long have you been writing? If you are new to writing as a craft, then you need to give yourself time to master the craft.
- Do you have a critique group and/or a professional editor? (Is your writing truly the best it can be? Do you listen to the comments you receive?)
- Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is? It's true that it often takes money to make money. You need to be willing to invest both time and money into yourself. Even with big publishing companies, you'll be responsible for all your prepublished expenses such as how-to-write books, writing conferences, and meetings. After publication, you'll most likely be responsible for most of your website maintenance, travel expenses, and promotional activities. With self publishing, you'll be responsible for 100% of these expenses. With most independent publishing companies and traditional publishing companies, you'll be responsible for all of these expenses. [Do Life Right, Inc. will help authors learn how to market their books with more bang for their buck, while also investing in its authors.]
- Have you spent a year or longer regularly submitting your work to literary agents and publishers? Have you received feedback as to why you received rejections? If it had to do with the quality of your writing, consider taking a writing course and/or attending writer's group meetings before submitting again.
- Are you current in your knowledge of the marketplace? Do you know who your market is and how to reach them? All publishers today will expect you to have this knowledge.
- Do you have the time, money, and energy required to make your book a full-time job as long as necessary in order to succeed?
Remember, these are just a few of the many initial questions you must ask yourself as you begin your publishing journey.