What I wish I would have known

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This is for all aspiring and established authors.  What do you wish you would have known before you started the writing/publishing process.  I know that I’ve learned many lessons along the way. I’ll start out with one, of MANY things I wish I would have known.

Dylan Hiler – Wishes he would have known the ins and outs of publishing.  There are a lot of rules and guidelines for formatting that I had no idea what to do with.  Thankfully my graphic designer and editor both had a good grasp on that type of stuff but it caught me completely off guard.  If I would have been alone in this process I am fairly confident that my book wouldn’t be properly formatted, my e-book wouldn’t be anywhere close to looking right, and I would have been embarrassed by the presentation overall. 

No matter what is in between the pages there has to be a certain amount of aesthetic appeal to your work, if only to make sure that it looks professional and of quality.  So many of the major publishers that well established authors work with already have this down to a science, if your novel looks radically different from the ‘accepted format’ it’s going to be hard for the general populace to swallow.

What do you wish you would have known before, during, or after you started writing?  Please comment below!