Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
English author Neil Gaiman has enjoyed a level of success most of us don’t even dream of — winning awards such as the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newberry Medal, and Carnegie Medal. And I guess it is only fair, since I’ve already talked about Amanda Palmer this month, to also mention her husband and some of his insights into the creative process.
Nobody ever sees your first draft. Just get the words on the page. You have to make your word count each day, and you have to write even when you aren’t inspired.
For those days when I need the extra encouragement, I’m going to come back to this post. It is one thing to know it in your brain, but it is completely another to hear someone else says it. And when that person is Neil Gaiman, there’s a certain weight behind it.
He shares some great insights about the early days of e-book sales on the internet, about selling things for free and also what happens when you have stuff on the Internet. You really aren’t losing sales the way that you might expect.
I think this also ties into my post from yesterday, where I included a link to 10 Winning Strategies for Your Self-Published Book. The best way to get your first book sold is to write the second book. Each of the books you sell will cascade to the other titles.
And for anyone not familiar with the Dresden Dolls, I wanted to share my one of my favorite song of theirs, “Coin Operated Boy,” although “The Kill” is great too. Enjoy!