Are you growing in your craft? Just because you have a book published, regardless how, that doesn’t mean you are the expert in all when it comes to being an author.
One can always learn and move forward just like any other business. You see people getting certified and getting additional knowledge. This also applies to writers.
When I attended my first writing group it hit me fast how behind I was and how much I needed to learn.
I have taken classes on character development, writing fiction, learning how to craft and engine a story line and more. This has taught me that there is always more to discover.
If you are trying to get published that alone comes with its own set of rules- self published, vanity or traditional.
Once you are done your book you still have to maneuver how to market it through the rapidly changing field of social media.
And for me, someone whose English grammar was not the best, I had to learn how to write in a way that was not riddled with errors- past tense, commas, run on sentences and more. Though my biggest Kryptonite is past tense. I am the Queen of past tense.
If that is not enough than you need to learn how to do pacing, setting, dialogue, character development, story line development and the list goes on. No one knows how to do this 100 % from scratch. It is a learning process.
Hey, if you get to the point your book is published I commend you. For I truly know the work that is involved in getting this down.
But to grow as an author one must continue to learn the different avenues of writing. Else you risk the chance of getting stagnated.