Writers Abroad Magazine 6 May 2017 - Page 31

WRITERS ABROAD MAGAZINE: THE THIRD SPACE someone (actually preferably more than one and better not your mother or your best friend; you’re looking for honest and useful feedback here) to read it and tell you how good (or bad) it is. Hopefully (notice how much hoping is involved in the process) with a little advice on how to make it better. Then change as you deem necessary. • Employ a great editor (honestly, this is not negotiable, even if you do know where all commas should go—which I don’t—you will miss things) and take their advice. • Procure a gorgeous cover. I buy them (there are lots of places to get covers these days at very reasonable prices) but if you do it yourself, just make it look professional. • Write a fantastic and alluring blurb and make sure there are no spelling mistakes (it’s amazing how these seem to slip through on blurbs.) • Format your manuscript per the instructions. Amazon provide a free ebook on how to format for their site. I’ve always used a Word document straight into Amazon, but if you want a more sophisticated approach there are tools out there to help you, such as Vellum and Scrivener and many more. • Decide what your book is worth (or what you can get for it) and set a price. • Load it up to Amazon, (or wherever) click the button, and publish! Easy. And I’d like to say—that’s it. But sadly, it isn’ t. Once you have self- published things are far from over. That’s just the start. Next there’s the marketing, setting up your Amazon author page and your website, surviving your first bad review, working out how to spend your first royalties (a luxury holiday, a hideaway on a tropical island, or a cup of coffee?), and of course— writing the sequel. Good luck and enjoy. 30 | MAY 2017