Sounds a bit counterintuitive, doesn't it? You can't really PREPARE for instant, overnight success. It just happens (and lucky you!), and there's nothing you can do to be ready for it, right? WRONG! The truth is that it takes a lot of preparation to be ready for when that overnight success hits. Think about it: if you write the best book, compose the best song, or paint the most amazing picture, you've got a product that could propel to you overnight success. But if you have no way to get your creation into the hands of the masses and no way for people to contact you with amazing offers of a movie deal, record contract, or million-dollar sale price, you are not ready for success H. Jackson Brown, Jr. said, "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." That means taking those little tiny steps that will prepare you for that giant leap into overnight success. Zooming in on authors (among which I count myself), how can we prepare for that instant acclaim and fortune upon the publication of our "next great American novel"?
- Build an author platform where people can follow you (social media, website/blog, etc.)
- Continue to produce quality work (the next book in the series, another book, short stories, etc.)
- Have a way for people to stay in constant contact with you (social media, website/blog, newsletter list, etc.)