Self-publishing – the editing part

I have never been amazed about how writing has become a total experience. In the past centuries, one always thought of authors as being mostly introverts who relished their quiet time, while producing their writings. These days, it seems as though one needs to be an extrovert just to market their product. This leaves the introvert theory in the realm of  past history.

Since publishing a book is an overall comprehensive experience, I will break it into parts. First, the fun part is writing the book. If you don’t enjoy this part of it the most, it is definitely not worth your time and effort. The fiction aspect of it lets you delve into the right brain sphere of your imagination. As someone suggested: write a book you have always wanted to read or for us seniors; ones you would like to leave in legacy for your children or grandchildren.

Following the fun part of actual writing becomes the tedious part of editing. I have come to the conclusion that even though you may have the best editor and have read it over multiple times, you will always find one more mistake.

There are always those that no matter how interesting or well-written a book is; a mistake will distract some readers from the total comprehension of a concept. Everyone knows these types of people. They just can’t get past the minute details. So, this is why editing remains important.

More than likely, the editors have different levels of editing. Although one begins with the idea of having the book reviewed for minor errors at a reasonable cost, it inevitably gets bumped up to a more extensive and expensive editing. So, be prepared. And if you use the same editor, it will, more than likely, remain at that level unless you switch to another one, even though you have improved immensely.

Other less expensive forms of editing include finding an English teacher looking to moonlight, asking several professional friends to read it for corrections and to finally read it over and over again and ultimately, out loud, word by word. In addition, it helps to have one to two computer grammar programs to review your work. After the above experience of editing and re-editing, no matter how much you love your book, you are ready to let it go and move on.

Hopefully, the above helps you ready your book for the actual self-publishing of it, which I will discuss, in length, at a later time. Happy writing and editing!

 

 

 

 

 

Self-publishing – an incredible learning experience

After retiring I finally had some extra time and could only then realize my dream of publishing a book. I chose “Young Adult” category to begin with since I had so much experience in that area between many years of teaching and comparable years as a mother. In addition, I felt that teens, especially young girls, could benefit from a series of books about serious life issues, intertwined with the fantasy aspect involving special powers. Thus the “Psychic Sara Series”  was born and evolved into a set of four books, all within a nine month period.

It was all a learning experience as I studied the many offers from “Self Publishing Companies” but, then again, the prices were cost inhibited which meant that I could only afford 1-2 books, instead of four, overall. I read the book “Self-Printed” by Catherine Ryan Howard from cover to cover and learned about what self-publishing entailed. Then, I came to realize, although I am basically computer efficient, I wasn’t at the caliber of what was needed to completely self-publish, especially in the e-book world.

The first action, after completing my first book, was finding an editor. I was fortunate to find one that was about half the cost of normal editing, although still expensive on a retired person’s income. Here, I was able to undergo a quick lesson of English composition and grammar which involved many rewrites. However, since it was basically a review class, I was able to catch on quickly. I, also, did sign up for a computer grammar review site also.

In addition, through Ryan’s book, I found a cover designer in England. Since the cover is the most important marketing tool, I wanted it to reflect the books. However, since my character aged, it was a bit challenging. Although through various photo sites, it was accomplished and I am satisfied with the results.

I was extremely fortunate a find a formatter who was able to convert my draft into an acceptable form for Smashword’s Premium e-book catalog which expanded publication. She then set up the paperback form to publish on Amazon. I was then able to upload it for the Kindle Direct through their automatic conversion site. Without her, who has a degree in Computer Science, I would still be trying to figure it all out to this day.

All of this reduced the expenses in half, my books were published and I accomplished the lifelong dream of becoming an author. This was a wonderful learning experience and although I have completed my initial mission, I can’t wait to start my next novel!

Please share my first book “Sara the Psychic Sleuth” which will be offered free on all e-book sites beginning the week of January 27th!  The remaining three books “Sara to the Second Power”, “Sara and the Destiny of the Stars” and finally “Sara and the Cyber Psychic Squad” (to be released by 2/1) can be uploaded free at all libraries and are priced between $.99-$2.99. Check out my website for updates at www.peggymcgeebooks.com. I appreciate all input and will answer any questions.  Happy reading!

 

Sara and the Cyber Psychic Squad

Coming soon is book 4 of the Psychic Sara Series – “Sara and the Cyber Psychic Squad” – Will be available in February at all e-book sites and paperback at Amazon.

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