If you fail to plan, plan to fail. One of the most sound pieces of advise I can give you is to plan, plan and plan some more. In the beginning, I failed to do this. Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. About 6 months before Champ and Nessie was published, I decided to watch a few Author Tube videos on Self Publishing and I had quite the 5 subject notebook filled with notes and “to-do’s” after that. I realized pretty fast that I was going to be a 1 woman show after that. Publishing, marketing, tax paperwork, ISBN’s, obtaining my trademark and copyright, hiring my beta and ARC team, writing my story, editing my story – again and again, formatting my manuscript and illustrations, setting up my social media outlets, creating content, setting up my website and blog, setting up and maintaining my Author Platform…and the list goes on! Spoiler – it can be done!
Some people like storyboarding, some don’t. Some people will rework a draft 10 times, others can knock out a good story in one sitting. Let your writing success be your only option. Don’t worry about making a fool of yourself, just get yourself out there! Ask 1000 questions until you figure it out. The writing community is absolutely amazing, if you can connect with other authors in your niche, you will have the best support team.
Any successful writer will tell you that they did not wake up one morning and decided “Today I will be a writer”, they simply are one. If you want to write, just do it! Write from your heart, because what you write becomes who you are.