As I continue to work on the sequel, Through the Mist: Reunion, I cannot help but reflect on the time I spent with the previous book. I was new to the self-publishing process and made a lot of rookie mistakes. I still struggle with certain things. It is a learning process.
One of the biggest challenges is editing. I held fast to certain pieces of the book right until the end. I just knew they were essential to the story. After some serious reflection, I eventually realized that the scenes or even sentences formed a virtual brick wall. They halted the flow of the story.
A quick Google search will yield many names of people who will edit your work –for a fee. As I have said in the past, it is important to set a budget for your self-published book. It should include advertising, web site design, editing – whatever services you believe are necessary. You can spend thousands of dollars. You may never recoup the costs. Can you spare that much money?
With the first book, I did not hire someone to edit the work. I recently read my book again and winced when I found the odd typo, grammatical error, or formatting problem. The errors aren’t bad, but still – they exist. A good editor may have found them for me. Simply put, I did not want to sink a lot of money into my first book, though. I was not sure if even one person would buy it. Thankfully, some of you have!
Self-publishing offers us opportunities that did not exist 10, 15 years ago. Unfortunately, just because you can publish a book without a publisher does not mean it will be easy. You must take on all the work or be willing to pay someone else to do it. It is worth the effort. In the end, you will have something that you created, and no one can ever take that away from you.