Viewing posts from June, 2015
Editing is the final step that transforms a manuscript into a novel. Or it’s the first step in turning a novel into a published work. Better yet, it’s both. That should tell you how important editing is. But how much should it cost you? Would it shock you to realize that the answer depends on what you mean by editing?
Brand new self-published authors are going into business for themselves, and that business is selling books. Mediocre covers cost you money in sales, that’s a fact. While it’s hard to overestimate the importance of a cover, it’s also hard to overestimate the value of each dollar when you’re starting a new business. So what’s a good cover worth to a newly minted self-published author?
Anytime I see a post titled “the costs of self-publishing,” I immediately get suspicious. So often, these posts are punditry making spurious claims and connecting disparate dots of information to “prove” that self-publishing is still somehow a terrible money-making idea and traditional publishing is the only way to make a living as a fiction writer. This series will most definitely not be that.
Recently we attended BookExpo America and UPublishU, a large publishing-industry conference and tradeshow. While there, we had the opportunity to host a panel that included the talented and wonderful AD Starrling. Dr. Starrling talked with great excitement about Mark Dawson and his knowledge on how to market your self-published books via Facebook ads. Our ears perked up, but we really got interested when she mentioned that Mr. Dawson planned to offer a paid course in addition to all the free advice he'd given on the subject.