Your first time attempting anything you value is fraught with risk. Most authors I know tackle their first novels with little more than hopes and dreams under the hood. Under these conditions, writing eighty thousand words can seem like an impossible exercise, and publishing those words remains an inscrutable business best left to the rich, the famous, and the extremely lucky.
And yet people do it all the time. Should you?
Before you jump the gun and publish a premature effort, learn what many authors wish they’d known before they started writing that book in the first place.