A Look At Self Publishing
Today I Edit and Format!!!!!!!!!
Book publishing and writing for publication is not for the timid or weak person. There is no easy path to publication. Traditional publishers require you to accept rejection. You will be rejected so many times you will wonder if there is any part of your psyche left within you! This is not an exaggeration. The sad part of it is that rejection does not mean that your book is no good. It means that you did not meet their submission guidelines, their genre, book list, etc. The reasons go on and on. Many famous authors were rejected numerous times!
There are pros and cons in favor of traditional publishing as well as in self publishing. Be warned! There are many writers who condescend to self published authors and after due consideration I believe they are a little bit right and a little bit wrong.
Self publishing in technical terms requires the writer to put on the editor's hat and view his or her work from a neutral perspective that is not often achievable. Therefore, you need a second pair of eyes to make critical changes to tweak your manuscript into a publishable work.
Some self publishers require the writer to format the entire cover and text of the book. This means that you set the margins. You set the indentions. You insert the page numbers...you get the picture? If you are not capable of doing this, and have the patience of Job, you will end up with a product you are not proud to present to the world.
After the book is in print you still have the job of marketing your treasure! There is so much to learn about marketing that you may have no time to write. All this sounds like I am against self publishing. I am not. I just completed work on a new book of which I am very proud and waiting on the proof copy before I can send my baby out into the world!
Stages of the Work Process
All Part of the Learning Process
This experience has been educational. It is not my first experience with self publishing but this time, I either know more or am more detail oriented than previously because the editing proces was a journey. I am now planning to go back and revisit my two previous books where I mean to make serious changes!
This is part of the learning process. I chose this path because I have been through the rejection process that ultimately ended in my publication of a first novel many years ago. This was accomplished with the help of an agent. I believe that without the agent I would never have been published! Period.
Last week, after two attempts to get my book right with proof copies ordered, I found another error in my formatting. My hair was standing on end! This time I not only did more formatting, I threw out the whole first chapter and wrote a whole new chapter for the middle of the book. It was a crazy week but when it was done, I cried out, " I must be a real writer because I am making drastic cuts and changes to the manuscript and the editing made the book come alive!"
This part of self publishing can make you crazy but it is worth it.
Choosing to go the traditional publisher route or self publish is really easy. Analyze your skills and decide whether you have the skills to get your book ready for publishing. If you do not have these skills you can still self publish but you will have to hire someone to edit and format your book for you. If your funds are available this is an option.
If after your analysis of your situation and skills you find yourself not up to the task, get an agent! Your chances of publication will improve 100%.
Just remember that you are in charge of your career. Always think about what is best for your career and your goals. Then march forward!
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Image credit: www.freewebs.com/awritestart/PIC-BookRedTable.jpg Every writer dreams of being published. Most secretly hope to ace that million dollar book deal that will make them celebrities as well as rich!...
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