Self-Publishing Tips — 3

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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!!

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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