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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?
Never judge a book by its cover, or so the saying goes. Except we all do it all the time! And, as commercial authors, we actually want people to judge our books by the cover. That’s why we spend so much time and money on them (or ought to). But are there any guidelines to covers that will make them the most effective sales tool they can be?
There is an oft-repeated comparison between self-publishing and staking wild gambles on casino games like slot machines or roulette. The thinking goes that once you publish, you’ve paid your money and all you can do is trust your luck. This isn’t new thinking. It’s also been said of traditional publishing for years.
Formatting. Would I be too dramatic in declaring it the bane of the self-published author’s existence? It is literally the first thing you have to do if you want to publish your book. And if the book is formatted poorly, it could kill any interest before a single word is read. So you have to format. And you have to format well. But how? And with what? Will it cost a fortune? What are my options? Read on to find out…