Hindsight is 20/20

Calling ALLLLLL Debut Author Folk! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn how. THE DEADLINE IS JULY 28!

 

A part of me wants to sing Faith’s “Again” to you in my horrible singing voice.  

“If I had to do it all again

I wouldn’t take away the rain

Cause I know it made me who I am!”

I try very hard not to believe in regret. I strongly believe that everything happens for one reason or another. The best life lessons can come out of our greatest pain. BUT if I had to do this debut author thing all over again, the biggest thing I would change how prepared I was.

-Like Crystal mentioned in her post on Monday, start prepping those articles and social media images NOW. Even if your book doesn’t come out until a year from now, it’s better to be OVER prepared.

-Get your personal life in order. Have your house cleaned, make arrangments for the kids, have meals prep and delivered during your debut week (hell, month). Practice what it will be like to debut your book six months ahead of time. Because when the book drops, your personal life will cease to exist.

-Start making connections NOW. This is my biggest regret. Not forging connections sooner. I feel I’m constantly playing a game of catch up in my industry.

But, I will warn you, my advice has its flaws.

“It’s easy to know the right thing to do after something has happened, but it’s hard to predict the future.”

Sure, I seem like an expert now that I’ve walked through the fire and made it with only a few burns. But I can’t tell you exactly what to expect. Every journey is different. The best thing you can do is appreciate the fact that you’re able to take this journey at all.

 

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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

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