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There’s lots of ‘How to’ posts on WordPress, and so I thought I’d add my own. If you can think of any more to add other than what’s on this list, please feel free to do so:

  1. Check your KDP stats just once per week. If one person buys your book then you’ll be happy when you check at the end of each week, rather than feeling disappointed on the other 6 days.
  2. If a more experienced writer suggests a better way of writing a paragraph, then accept gracefully and make the change rather than having a hissy fit. In this way your content will improve and you may have more sales in the long run.
  3. Write with the aim of pleasing a certain percentage of readership rather than the whole 100%. You cannot please all the readers all the time.
  4. Write for the majority of the day and then check social media for the last couple of hours rather than the other way around.
  5. Write as a hobby and don’t expect to make a living from it. In this way you won’t be disappointed if you do not sell many books.
  6. If you get a one star review, suck it up and move on. The next review might be five stars (see number 3).
  7. Write when you want to rather than making yourself write because you think you should write something every day in order to be a writer (see number five). In this way you will write something worth reading.
  8. Totally ignore any bad reviews on Amazon rather than getting into a war of words with the reviewer (see number six).
  9. Expect no sales at all, and then if you get just one sale it will be a bonus (see number five). If you expect nothing, then you will definitely not be disappointed.
  10. Ignore claims by the majority of fellow authors that they are best-sellers. They are not. One day they probably sold a few books listed in an obscure category. Best sellers have books in popular categories that ride the top of Amazon charts for weeks on end.
  11. Most of all, enjoy what you’re doing. If writing has become a chore, then stop doing it for a while and do something else.
  12. The last tip is from one that knows…. to switch to drinking water or decaffeinated drinks. If you keep drinking strong coffee then you’ll get into the vicious cycle of having a permanent withdrawal headache that needs more coffee in order to keep the headache at bay.

Happy writing!

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