So, you are all done writing that first draft and maybe you edited some of it. Bravo! Great accomplishment, but you are no where near close to publishing. You want to know why?
Here’s a hint…
If you release your book when it isn’t ready, guess what-—people are NOT going to fucking read it. And here you will wonder why, why isn’t anyone reading my precious baby? Because you rushed! You didn’t put in the time and effort. Don’t complain how it isn’t selling if you didn’t do the work.
In my last post I discussed why self-publishing is a good route to take. If you take your time and put in the money/effort, your novel can be just as good as traditionally published works.
Here’s how you can make that happen.
1. Edit That Book Again and Again…and Again.
Don’t just edit once or twice. Do it MANY times. So many times that you read your work in progress more than that erotica novel hiding under your mattress.
Yeah, I see you. Don’t deny it.
There is a lot you need to do with your story before you move forward. Editing is going to take a LOT of time. But it will be worth it in the end.
Not only will your story be better, when you hire an editor, which you will if you want a successful novel, it will cost less.
2. Enlist Beta Readers
Beta readers are the BEST! They are so helpful and can be very encouraging. They will spot things you missed. You will be hurting your work if you skip over this step.
My book would not be the same without them. They are vital to the publishing process. You will be so grateful when you find the right ones.
3. Get a Professional Cover
You know that saying don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I’ll let you in on a “secret” it’s bullshit. People do that regardless.
You can have one of the greatest stories in the world, but if it doesn’t have a nice shiny cover, you’re screwed! Book covers are important. Just with one look they can catch the readers attention and lure them in. Or the cover could be SO hideous that the reader’s eyes bleed.
I don’t know anyone that wants to make that kind of impression.
People are drawn to visuals and they are more likely to purchase a book because of the cover. Think of a book cover as a logo, product, or food. Seriously. Imagine if food pictures looked dull and unappetizing, or if logos were blurry and stretched too big. You wouldn’t think twice about whether they are worth looking into or not. Covers can indicate what your book is like on the inside. If you have a shitty cover, readers will assume it’s a shitty book.
4. Hire a Professional Editor
I get that you went over your manuscript more times than you can count, but it’s still NOT ready.
But I’m good at editing, I even took classes and… blah blah blah!
It doesn’t matter how good of an editor you are, you still need to hire a professional editor. You are so used to reading your book, you more than likely missed some things, maybe even a lot of things. An editor will notice those errors you missed and help your book become better than what it already is.
Make sure the editor you hire is qualified. Keep in mind that there are different types of editing, and the edit your manuscript needs depends on how much work you have done.
5. Format Your Book
After all of that work you think you would be done. But you are forgetting a very important step.
Is it really necessary?
You bet it is. Formatting your book gives the interior the professional look it needs.
You want to create a book that people won’t believe is self-published.
Your book should be all ready to publish after this. A polished novel will increase your chances of sales, but don’t expect it to be on the top-seller list or anywhere close to that. In order to sell you have to work even harder. I never said it would be easy.
Are you a self-publish author with a quality novel or know of any good indie books? Recommend me some in the comments and I’ll consider adding them to my TBR.