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Everyone has their eyes on the prize for book publishing success. However, many forget to look down at the path before them which will lead them there.
Without looking, you can get lost. The best way to reach that desired success that you want is by sitting down and planning your career first. Ask yourself: What exactly do you want from your career? What expectations do you have? What obstacles do you think you will have to overcome? And most importantly- What do you think you will need in order to reach this goal?
No matter what you want from your publishing experience, one of the biggest things that all authors will need is an open mind and a positive attitude toward always learning and improving their writing craft. Keeping an open mind keeps authors constantly improving, which can help them change with the times as writing and world views change. This is how they will better see opportunities as they come around. Know what you want. Learning = Success.
Learning on the Job
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.