10 Common Mistakes of Self-Published Writers

Originally posted on Patricia J. Parsons:
Okay, we’ve all made mistakes. And I doubt that there’s a writer among us who has yet to experience a misstep in his or her writing career. Throughout my (long) writing and publishing history, I’ve made my share of doozies (To read about one of them see The dumbest publishing decision I ever made), but to broaden my observations even further, I’ve observed a long litany of mistakes among my fellow authors as well. Here are the ten I believe to be the most common. Publishing a first (or even second) draft. As a new writer,… Continue reading 10 Common Mistakes of Self-Published Writers

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