Continuing this post series with a tip for growing as an author/publisher:
We are all continuously growing and improving on what we do with every iteration. It’s part of the process. Unless you actively stop yourself from growing as a person, you can’t escape some sort of gradual improvement over time. What you should be doing, however, is actively seeking to improve.
Whether it’s your actual writing, or your routines, the way you use your tools, your online presence, or anything else in any way connected to your writing career, always do at least a little bit better than the last time. Stretch yourself as a writer by exploring new genres or writing techniques. Keep your industry know-how up to date by regularly reading up on news and current events. Look for resources that will make your publishing life easier. Explore new avenues of reaching a wider audience and capturing more readers. Update your website to make it more inviting and user-friendly. Read up on topics that interest you to enrich your imagination and, by extension, your books.
The same should also go for your personal life. Look for ways to balance your writing life and your down time and social life. Examine your finances and budget your book production funds so it doesn’t negatively impact your ability to pay bills and take care of yourself and your loved ones. Spend quality time with your family doing new, fun things. Connect with other writers in your area and get together to hang out and talk shop.
Growth is only painful if you fight against it. 🙂