Self-Publishing Tip — 14

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With the advent of eBooks and eReaders, the opportunity for being an author has exploded and people are taking advantage of it. There is nothing wrong with that, since I’m part of that group. Along with a lot of you reading this. However, if you don’t edit and proofread your work before you hit the publish button or use crappy covers for your work; you give the trolls on the web fodder for their blogs. Do yourself and all the other indie authors a favor:

Use beta readers

Edit your work

Do a final proofread using different fonts and sizes. Fix any errors you find.

Check the formatting of your ebook before you publish it. I’ve come across a number of eBooks with such bad formatting I couldn’t read it.

Have a great cover, not something that looks like a blind monkey made it. If you can’t make a good cover yourself; there are a lot of premade covers on the web at reasonable prices.

Follow the above advice and everyone will be happy, especially your readers.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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9 Responses to Self-Publishing Tip — 14

  1. Yes! I get so sad when I read a self-published author’s book, and the story is incredible but the editing is non-existent. Sometimes it’s to the point where I’m tempted to offer to edit the damn thing for them since I like the story so much. And the decent cover point is so true — everyone judges books by their covers. Great tips 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Another great self-publishing tip from Anna Dobritt

  3. Great info. Beta readers can make such a difference. Sometimes an author just can’t see an obvious mistake. I also think the cover is one of the most important things to get right. Covers make me decide if I want to try a book or not.

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