If there’s a common flaw in self-publishing, it’s that too many books are published too soon. Experienced voices across the publishing world continually advise self-publishers to get help with editing, and not just copyediting but story editing too. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to properly edit your own work. But the siren call of the Kindle store is often too seductive. The urge to finish your first draft, chuck it through a spellchecker and release it in to the wild is often far too strong for eager writers to resist.
But resist you must. Not resisting results in your name being married, permanently, to sub-standard work which doesn’t show off your talents to their best. Do you really want, in five or ten years time, to look back on your early work and cringe? More to the point, do you really want your first act of publishing to result in the irreversible blotting of your copybook with your potential fans?
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I’m a little confused about the “look back and cringe” part. Isn’t the glory of digital that you can go back in endlessly and tweak fix and change? I uploaded a revised novella last night. Found some changes I needed to make. I woke at 3, saw Amazon had already cleared it, uploaded the fixes and by 9 this morning, all was right. Now it has a new title and a new cover and a Table of Contents.
Okay. One man’s cringe may be another woman’s opportunity.
Hat tip Meryl Yourish