Now what? What do you do now that this thing you’ve been working on for years is done?
Publicity makes or breaks a book
Even if you have a publishing house and have a team of publicists, that doesn’t mean your work is done. New writers do not get the same exposure enjoyed by established writers. Bridge the gap by being your own publicist. You should be participating in social media, visiting bookstores, offering to sign books, giving talks at bookstores and universities, and creating buzz for your book.
If you want to have a career as a writer, you have to keep writing. This can be tough to remember, especially if your book really takes off, but it is crucial if you don’t want to be a “one-write wonder”. Stick to your writing schedule as best you can and aim to publish your second book in one year.
As you climb the literary ladder, you will meet many people along the way. Be nice, remember their names, and make friends. A few months from now when your book is in the bargain bin, these are the people who will help you get your next book out there, and they all matter. Never forget that your editor’s secretary is his gate-keeper and the lowly intern is tomorrow’s executive.
Publishing your first book is a great accomplishment and you should celebrate your success. Then, come home and get to work.