This is the final installment of Kate Bloomfield's article. I hope you have enjoyed it. And please leave some comments on what you think.
We left off last time with the end of week 7. Here is the rest.
After the 2 months:
Okay, you've finished your masterpiece, but now you need to fix it. No doubt your book is riddled with mistakes, typos, grammatical errors, and flaws is continuity. (Unless you're some kind of god.) This is the time to check your work and add/edit/delete things you aren't happy with. An initial edit is always recommended before sending your work to a professional to clean it up.
But of course, a professional is highly recommended. They can be a little pricey, however, ranging from 0.004c per word, to as much as 0.02c per word. (That's $1000 for a 50,000 word novel. Most self published writers don't have that kind of money lying around. Right?)
Get some BETA readers
Feedback is always important before you start distributing/selling your book on the internet. Get some friends to read over your work and provide honest feedback. Hopefully they'll be honest and tell you what they liked, and didn't like about the book. Now, I know your friends aren't as much of a genius as you, but trust them. They are the general public. What might be clear and concise to you, may actually be confusing to one of a lesser mind.
See that you change some things based on their opinions. Hard, I know. After all, what do they know?
Traditional or Digital: The Final Leap
Now is the time to decide which path you wish to distribute your masterpiece. Will you send hundreds of letters to agents/publishing houses, or take the self publishing path like so many others before you? I chose to self publish through Amazon, with good results. I am now working as a full-time writer. (Although I'm still poor.)
The Amazon KDP Select program is really simple to use. All you really need to do is format your document to their specifications, and upload it to the site. They do the rest. You'll have your book for sale within 24 hours. Crazy, right?
It's really a matter of preference, and luck if you choose the traditional method of publishing.
Ebooks are becoming increasingly popular. They're cheap, instant, easy to download, and there are MILLIONS of them. But this is also why it is so hard to get noticed. There are hundreds of thousands of authors out there, fighting for attention. It is your job to market your book as hard as you can, get an amazing book cover. (See my blog 'How to design a best-selling book cover' here: LINK) and stir up as much interest as you can. Get twitter, Facebook, a blog, Tumblr, and any other social media you can think of.
That is it! Now you know how to do it in 2 months.
I want to thank Kate again for letting me post her wonderful article.
Kate's website: http://www.bloomfieldkate.com/
Now it is your turn to post in the comment area on how your novel is coming along. Let us hear from you.
Until next time,