Since I’m working on a shoestring budget, a shoestring that’s broken and frayed; I need to do everything myself. Editing, creating a cover, getting the word out about my books. Because of my previous experience in publishing pdfs for role-playing games, I’m familiar with using Photoshop and InDesign. I’ve learned to use Scrivener to compile my ebook. It took a few tries to get the formatting the way I needed in Word to import the document into Scrivener, but I succeeded. It’s great seeing what I wrote as an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite. Reading it on the Kindle has shown me several mistakes I missed when I read through it on the computer screen and on the printout. It’s a good bet a reader would spot them and that would not be good for me.
I know a written work should be gone over by a reputable editor. They find the problems in the work and give advice on how to fix them. However, they do not come cheap. My solution to this is two books — Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne, Dave King and Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells by James Scott Bell. Both are available as eBooks and will help in the editing process. If I could afford an editor I would get one in a heartbeat!!