This month we asked nonfiction authors to answer this question: What are some of the biggest challenges you face as an author? Here’s what they had to say:
As a non-fiction author I am limited by reality. This means I have to live within the confines of what happens around me. And while I chose this, it can still be frustrating. I imagine it’s akin to picking a carpet and committing to a lifetime of that carpet, and that carpet alone. Some days you’d love to swap your carpet out for floorboards, or a shag rug, or 1,000 tiny marshmallows. But you’re stuck with carpet.
So as an author my challenge is to find the story in the everyday and bring it to life. Even if the endless creative choices of fiction offer more promise, the reality of life can be a challenge to describe in a meaningful way.
And while that’s constantly a challenge, it’s also my favourite part of being a writer.
Bio: Alexander Porter is an aspiring author with an endless list o f partially finished stories. With close to 30 million views on Quora, he loves writing and is driven to share his passion with the world. (Happy to provide my Quora profile if needed, or search ‘Alexander Porter Quora’ and it will be in spot #1)
Site: SearchItLocal https://www.searchitlocal.com.
Biggest challenge I faced as a self publisher of a non fiction book was defining the market I was targeting. Having worked in the retail industry I wasn’t quite sure if I should target those already in the industry or those who are new to the industry.
Olejuru Lanfear – Merchandise Planning | Published Author | Retail Classes Creator | Knowledge Sharer
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