It is very daunting trying to break into the publishing market, so it is very tempting to research what existing authors have to say about their experiences. I have read many books that generically could be thought of as “How to become a successful author” books. Not only have I found that the books disagree with each other, I have also found that my own views and experiences differ very substantially from those described in the books. All you as a prospective author can do is read lots of different views but be prepared to do what you think is right for you, even if it disagrees with someone else’s perceived wisdom.
I think that the main problem is that authors' circumstances tend to be very different, and what is right for one author, in their particular financial circumstances, writing their style of books, for a particular publisher, will probably be very different from what is right for you.
There are however two pieces of advice I would offer to all would-be authors:
So, I offer my advice for what it’s worth. At least the price is right – free!