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Tips From a Best-Selling Author for Aspiring Authors

Two years ago I was given an opportunity to interview K. J. Heritage, an international best-selling science fiction author.  I gave him a set of questions and he graciously took the time to respond to all of them.  He even told me his favorite tea.  One of my questions was about getting published.  He recommended self-publishing instead of submitting your manuscript to a traditional publisher.  But he did not say don’t try to get a traditional publisher’s attention.  This was his advice.

Self-publishing not only lets you publish your novel, it gives you the opportunity to chase your dreams.”

If you want a traditional publishing contract or an agent, having a book out there that people are buying is better than having it stuck on your hard drive. Why wait to get noticed?”

Quote source:  Interview: Kev Heritage, Best Selling Sci-Fi Author

Here are some tips provided by Mr. Heritage to aspiring authors.  Since he’s an international best-selling author, you might want to take them to heart.

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A few tips:

  • Read all the time. Write all the time.
  • Keep notes of all your ideas.
  • Finish what you start.
  • Don’t ask friends or family to rate/critique your work—they will lie to you.
  • Use a professional editor
  • Learn to take literary criticism and see it for what it is—gold dust.
  • Find your preferred social media –be it Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (whatever works for you and you enjoy) and find readers and reviewers—make real connections with people.

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Image credit:  Amazon

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  • Question of

    Do you like to read science fiction books?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Have you ever heard of Kevin Heritage?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    If you are an aspiring author, have you considered self-publishing?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    If you were going to be an author, which would you prefer?

    • Self-publishing
    • Traditional Publishing
    • No Preference. Whatever works!

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