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The Problem of Releasing Too Soon (Before You Self Publish, Part 2)

We’ve all heard the amazing opportunities of self publishing: direct access to readers, total control over the work, and the potential of a long-term income stream. And those are all true. But the challenges are real, too, which is why we’re spending 5 weeks looking at Things Writers Must Know Before You Self Publish. The first thing was “Think Like a CEO.” Here’s the second, and it’s equally important: Almost every self-published book is released too soon. This one breaks my heart, but it happens all the time. If you’ve spent any time reading other writer’s self published books, you’ve probably noticed it, too: a lot of books are good: there’s a decent story or helpful information. There’s plenty of passion for the content. But the books aren’t great. Maybe it’s a flaw as blatant as poor grammar and spelling mistakes. Or maybe you can put your finger on what’s wrong. […]

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How to Hire an Editor (Editing Series, Part 3)

If your goal is to publish your book, you’re going to need an editor at some point. If you’re self publishing, this should be obvious. After all, who else will stand between you and your readers and make sure that you’re putting your best self forward? Who else will help you see the holes, the errors, and the missing pieces of your manuscript? None of us are perfect judges of our own work. (I was reminded of this today, when an acquaintance posted a heartfelt reminder on social media to “Proof read what you have written…Chances are you spelt things incorrectly.”) But remember, it’s not enough to make sure that there are no typos. You also need to have a compelling story, a logical outline, and a clear connection to our readers…all of the things a developmental editor provides. If you’re pitching your book to an agent or a publisher, you’re not […]

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The Biggest, Baddest, Book-Killing Editorial Problems

(…and they have nothing to do with punctuation or spelling) October has been a terrible moth for blogging, because it’s been an awesome month for everything else: lots of speaking engagements, lots of interesting work with clients, lots of beautiful Seattle fall adventures on the back of a motorcycle. I love teaching at conferences, appearing on panels, and generally talking about words and books in front of rooms of people. And a couple of weeks ago, I got to be part of a panel at the stunning Write on the Sound with two friends and fellow editors: Jim Thomsen and Christy Karras. Our topic: So You Think You’re Done? An Editor’s Red Flags and Warning Signs That Your Manuscript Might Need Another Look. Christy shared her love of the nitty-gritty details of proofreading, and Jim described what it’s like to go in and change sentences at the copy/line editing level. Me? […]

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  • It’s Up to You to Get Noticed (Before You Self Publish #5)
    If you want to self publish, you will have to work to get noticed. Here we are at last, on the final point of this blog series “Before You Self Publish.” So far we’ve talking about the importance of thinking like a CEO, the danger of releasing a book too soon, the value of print, and the importance of the...
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