Your First Book Doesn't Have to Be Your Masterpiece

One of the things that stops writers from publishing their first book revolves around the idea that their first book must be their masterpiece. In fact, most authors publish one or more books before they have a “hit.” That’s why it’s important to simply publish a book.

I’m not saying you should publish shlock. I am saying publish something.

I have a manuscript I produced by accident. I created a program on my other website, Pure Spirit Creations, to drive people to sign up for my mailing list. After a year of writing assignments for this program, I discovered I had the first draft of a manuscript. I’ve just about finished editing it. Now I’m going to give it to an editor and several readers. I’ve even found someone to write the foreword. And I’ve mapped out a self-publishing plan.

No, it’s not my masterpiece. My agent is peddling those. And I’ll self-publish them if they don’t sell traditionally. In the meantime, I’m going to self-publish my first book–and so should you.

Get that first one out of the way. That’s what I say.

And who knows. You could be wrong. It could be a hit.

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Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers and bloggers to create published products and careers as authors. Additionally, she helps her clients and readers achieve their potential, fulfill their purpose and make a positive and meaningful difference with their words. She is the author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers, all published by Writer’s Digest Books. As a hybrid author, she also has published 17 books independently. She is a nonfiction book editor and doctor, proposal consultant, and an Author Coach and Trainer as well as a Book and Blog Coach. Some of her clients have sold 320,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. Nina also is an award winning blogger and journalist, international speaker and founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. Also a Certified High Performance Coach, Nina strives to help creative people Achieve More Inspired Results personally and professionally.


  1. For as long as you’re satisfied with your self-published work, that’s a masterpiece in itself. Your legacy for life.


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