As a writer I see a lot of writers come and go in the spot light. It’s amazing how many books are appearing on Amazon and Smashwords daily. When I started publishing my work last year you could stay on the front page of new releases for at least 24 hours. Now you’re lucky if you stay there for 24 minutes.
I’ve found out a couple of things about some of this craziness and that’s the indie authors that haven’t done their homework. Here are 3 of the many ways indies can improve self publishing and the stigma that goes with it.
1: Editing. How many times do you edit your book? I know how exciting it can be to get to the words ‘The End’ and want it out there right then, but that’s a mistake. Make sure you read your work several times and one of those needs to be out loud. I recently went in and revised one of my first published books due to the fact that I put it out there way too fast. Editing is a very important part of the publishing process and as a self publisher that’s up to you the writer.
2: Cover Design: This is critical. When I look back at my first covers that I designed, I seriously laugh. They were so boring and uninspiring, but being an accountant I didn’t train on creative design software. That’s when I put me assistant to work as my cover designer. She took one look at my work and said ‘not happening’. She went to work and designed the awesome covers that now grace my books. This is the first thing that a potential reader sees. If it doesn’t inspire them, they will go on to the next book. Make sure it’s relevant with the book and make it vibrant. Check out my covers at stephanie-hurt.com.
3: The Book Blurb: As a self publisher this is solely your responsibility. This is one of the hardest things to do for me. Don’t get too out there. Make sure it’s very expressive and use lots of expressive words, but don’t give a lot away. If you give away the ‘who done it’ then there’s no sense reading the book. Make several different ones and have some other people read it. See what they think.
This is just a few of my ideas, but you can take it as you may. This is one reason I started this publishing service company. I want to help other authors with their craft. Sometimes a second set of eyes is a big help. If you don’t have to worry about the design of the cover, you can continue to write.
I’ve started a Newsletter to help authors get their name out there. It has a author interview, 3 books showcased, some writing tips and much more. If you’re interested in receiving this newsletter please send me your email address. Also indicate if you’d like to be spotlight author or put your book on one of the issues.
Have a great Friday…