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10 Things I Wish I Knew About Becoming an Author I Didn’t Know Before by Dakota Willink

Ten things I wish I knew about becoming an author I didn’t know before.

1. Woohoo! I wrote a book! From that point on, I didn’t know I would become a saleswoman (because no, books do not sell themselves without advertising and marketing).
2. I didn’t know being an author would be more than a full-time job.
3. I didn’t know authors had to be proficient at website building & maintenance or Google docs, sheets, & forms. Basically, authors need to be the jack of all trades.
4. Newsletters? I’m supposed to email those out?
5. Reader acronyms. It took me two months to figure out what HEA stood for. No joke.
6. Reader group? I’m supposed to have one of those too?
7. I didn’t know I had to be brave. Putting my words out there to the world is scary.
8. Bookbub Newsletter – everybody else is doing, so I should too. Great – I’m on it! Wait. Is this a typo? They can’t possibly cost THAT much!
9. I didn’t know the amount of wine I’d need to keep on hand for release day. I totally underestimated.
10. I wish I knew how fulfilling being an author could be. Had I known, I would have started writing a decade ago.


Dakota WillinkDakota Willink

Dakota Willink is an Amazon International Bestselling Author who loves writing about alpha males who fall in love with sassy and independent females. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and a two-time Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota’s love affair with reading and writing began when she was in the sixth grade. Competitive by nature, she was determined to win a reading contest and blitzed through every Sweet Valley High book she could get her hands on. As a result, she discovered her love for words. Since then, she dreamed of one day writing her own book, but put her aspirations on hold to focus on family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy teenagers and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. By 2014, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full-time.

Dakota often says she survived her first publishing with coffee and wine. She’s an unabashed Star Wars fanatic and still dreams of one day getting her letter from Hogwarts. She enjoys spending time with her super-supportive husband and two witty teenagers, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

Books by Dakota:

Set In Stone (The Stone Series Book 3) Stepping Stone (The Stone Series Book 2) Heart of Stone (The Stone Series Book 1)


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