Beth Orsoff is the author of humorous fiction including the novels "Romantically Challenged," "Honeymoon for One," and "How I Learned to Love the Walrus." She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and Elmo (yeah, the red guy from Sesame Street). For more information about Beth and her celebrity sightings (George Clooney anyone?) check out her website.
- You absolutely, positively must have a professional looking cover. If you cannot create one yourself (and most of us can’t) then hire a graphic designer/cover artist to create one for you.
- Do not publish before you’re ready. Just because you can publish your first draft, doesn’t mean you should. After you’ve revised and polished to the point where you just can’t stand to look at it anymore, give it to someone else (preferably multiple people) to read. Not your best friend, not your mother, someone who is going to be honest with you. You want to make sure that when you publish your work it’s as good as it can possibly be.
- Be professional. Once you’ve published, everything you say is a reflection of you as an author. Keep that in mind when you’re posting on Facebook, Twitter, and in any public forum. Everyone needs to vent sometimes. But vent in private, not on the internet!