December Book Update

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  1. Eric says:

    You’ve had a busy month! Also, what a useful blog you have!

    • Thanks so much. I started this blog because I was struggling to find answers to a lot of publishing questions. I thought I could provide something helpful from what I was learning. I’m glad to hear it is helpful!!

  2. This is a great site! I wish I had read some of this BEFORE I published my first book through Smashwords, and then CreateSpace for the next six books. My editor and I have used CreateSpace for all my books, and it is amazing! They are so very helpful, and ship very quickly. After my editor thinks we are good to go, we load the cover and manuscript. When it’s given the ‘go ahead’ from CreateSpace, usually within 24 hours, I look through the digital proof, then order two proof copies. Then we read the proof copies out loud, finding many more mistakes! 😉 Then we order a final copy after mistakes are corrected, but I go through the digital proof copy first. I say all that because I think when you self-publish, you have to be extremely careful in the typo, grammar, head-hopping, and research areas. You don’t want to offer anything for sale…or give it away for less than an ‘A’ grade in an English class. Thank you for all the fantastic information here, and for the follow. I’ve done the same.

    • Thanks so much. I just finished going through my second proof today. It’s a lot of work, but you’re right, we should not offer low quality work! Self publishing has a bit of a bad rap when it comes to quality and I think we can change that. 🙂

      • joshlangston says:

        One of Deborah’s comments touches on a particularly important issue — reading your work out loud. It’s the only way to slow your brain down such that it doesn’t “fix” errors while you’re reading. By reading out loud, and in as dramatic a voice as you can muster, you’ll be able to see mistakes that are otherwise invisible — at least until the book goes to press, and it’s too late. [smile] Better to catch ’em up front.

        • That’s such a good point, Josh (and Deborah). My books are geared at a younger audience so I read them out loud to my kids. They had to put up with my many pauses while I highlight issues and more, but that’s been a helpful part of my editing process, although I have not yet read the proof copy itself out loud.

  3. natuurfreak says:

    Thanks fr following my log.

  4. Thanks for taking time away from your writing to visit my blog!

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