Lessons I learnt while self-publishing

So I wanted to talk about the necessities when one intends to self-publish:

  • Write the book (Done!)
  • Editing
  • Book cover art
  • Website
  • Marketing
  • Other bits and pieces (Copyright, ISBN etc.)

One piece of advice – if you’re planning to self-publish, these are all things you should consider well ahead of publishing! I wasn’t nearly as organized…

Unfortunately, all of the above cost money and for me, writing was always something I wanted to do for myself, and while my husband has always been incredibly supportive, this was not an endeavor that I was willing to throw tons of money at.

Now, writing the book doesn’t cost anything – well, nothing but time and small bits of sanity.

But once the writing is done, a budget becomes necessary. And because mine was tight (especially considering most of the services I required were hosted in the USA and I live in South Africa with a constantly depreciating currency), I had to consider what I wanted to spend it on…

My plan is to go through each point and give a view of my experiences – I’m not an expert in any way, this is simply what I found out during my personal journey to self-publishing.

First up is editing.

The first thing to know is that there are actually many types of editing:

  • Content editing – as the name suggests, this looks at the content of your writing. Characterization, pacing etc.
  • Copy editing – this will look at how you write. Grammar, punctuation will all be considered here.
  • Proofreading – a final run through the manuscript looking for typos

So, it’s really up to the writer to decide what type of editing is required and often, more than one round of editing may be required. Another important thing to note is that editing is often subjective, at least content editing is, so it’s important to get a sample edit done to see if the editor is a good fit for you.

For more (professional) information:

More to follow…

By |2016-10-22T20:18:21+00:00September 9th, 2016|The long meandering road to self-publishing|0 Comments