Avoiding “Author’s First Book Blues”

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Many years ago as a new author, I experienced firsthand that phenomenon called “Author’s First Book Blues”.

Since then, I repeatedly witness new writers experiencing it every year.

What is “Author’s First Book Blues”?

Imagine this.

You are a budding, new author and are totally stoked about finally completing your first book.

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BUT…

Oftentimes, the first book is your “Spectacular Underachieving Baby”.

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So much passion, sweat and pain; especially when you can’t even give it away to your relatives!

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After massaging the bruises on your ass, the second book is usually much more successful.

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Why?

Because the first book was “author-centric”;

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…while the second book is ‘reader-centric”.

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That’s why many authors bomb on their first book and bounce back on their second or third.

Just remember this:

If an author’s writing continues to be more about self-gratification and less about an enjoyable reader experience, he will still encounter “Author’s First Blues” — no matter what number book it is.

By JaiChai

About the Author

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Believing that school was too boring, he dropped out of High School early; only to earn an AA, BS and MBA in less than 4 years much later in life — while working full-time as a Navy/Marine Corps Medic.

In spite of a fear of heights and deep water, he performed high altitude, free-fall parachute jumps and hazardous diving ops in deep, open ocean water.

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After 24 years of active duty, he retired in Asia.

Since then, he’s been a full-time, single papa and actively pursuing his varied passions (Writing, Disruptive Technology, Computer Science and Cryptocurrency — plus more hobbies too boring or bizarre for most folk).

He lives on an island paradise with his teenage daughter, log term girlfriend and two dogs.

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“My mind was a terrible thing to waste.”

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JaiChai

I'm retired (U.S. military) and living on an island paradise with my girlfriend, teenage daughter and two dogs.