Saturday, January 20, 2018
An Author's Woes
How many times do you read through a manuscript on its way to seeing your words in print? I just finished getting a book republished under a new imprint. First published in 2007, Living With A Depressed Spouse, lost its publisher a couple years ago when Tate Publishing cut their losses.
You'd think since the book has already had a published life, the manuscript would be in 'print-ready' shape. Well, in the process, my new publisher sent it back for another look-over since the person doing the formatting wanted my approval for what had been done.
Guess what? After a careful read-through, I had a short list of typographical errors and missing letter mistakes that needed correcting.
Being an indi/small press-published author means having to go that extra mile to make the published work as near to perfect as possible. The recent revolution in how books are published now makes it possible for anyone to produce a book. No more multiple submissions to publishing houses and waiting months for the rejection. No more query letters to multiple literary agencies as you seek an agent that will sell your manuscript to a buying publisher.
There isn't a host of editors between submission and publishing to tweak your manuscript. Download a file, go through an easy-to-follow process, and boom! you have published a book. For indi authors, the ball is in your court and you alone are responsible for putting out the very best you are capable of producing.
So, in spite of the many, many pairs of eyes that have already looked over this project, I didn't hesitate to spend hours reading those now-familiar sentences and paragraphs. And my efforts were rewarded.
Want to check out Living With A Depressed Spouse? It's available as an e-book https://www.amazon.com/Living-Depressed-Spouse-Gay-Ingram-ebook/dp/B07939QHKC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8