The journey to becoming a first-time author is different for everyone. For me, it involved letting go of the idea that I’d ever get published. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but to be a first-time author you must write something that no else can write.

The temptation to imitate our heroes is one the biggest stumbling blocks for first-time authors.

Here’s the secret to becoming a first-time author: it’s like dating. When you don’t care if she says yes . . . she says yes.

When you’re not concerned with what the publishing world wants (and I mean, truly not concerned) you are free to write with the wildness and freedom that the world is craving.

Embrace the paradox.

By not worrying about being a first-time author, you are on your way to becoming one.