Now What? How to Self-Publish a Well-Designed Book

During the second month of our “Now What?” Months, we’re shifting our focus to publishing in all its myriad forms. Today, Orna Ross of the Alliance of Independent Authors continues a series on independent publishing, focusing today on design and formatting:

This the second in a series of four blog posts that will lead authors through the design and formatting phases of the writing and self-publishing journey. You’ve completed your first draft in 30 days, and completed the deepening, self-editing and editorial phases. Now what?

Once you have a fully edited manuscript, consider turning it into a digital book and publishing it.

Why digital? Digital levels the playing field for self-publishers. When readers search for, find, and buy books on the Internet, how the book was published becomes irrelevant. A self-published book has a page on Amazon or Kobo or iBooks that’s just as much a selling opportunity as the pages for books from the big trade publishers; if your book is well written, edited, and designed, the reader won’t know the difference.

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anonymous asked:

*silently leaves this here* duurti. tumblr. com/ post/ 136658179223/ past fling? (or was sonic trying to make genos jealous? *runs away b4 shots are fired*


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Now What? Why Revising Your Novel Can Mean Filling It With Stuff You Like

You wrote a novel! Now what? NaNoWriMo’s “Now What?” Months are here—this January and February, we’ll be helping you guide your novel through the revision and publishing process. Today, Michelle Hodkin, author of The Mara Dyer Trilogy, shares her revision structure… and why revision involves thinking about the treasures you’re storing away for your future reader:

Dear Novelist,

I say ‘novelist’ because you are, in fact, a novelist now. You put one word after the other, created page after page, and you wrote 50,000 words in one month. It’s incredible, what you’ve done—I have three books under my belt, but I’ve never achieved what you have. Because here’s my dirty little secret: the act of drafting, of putting words on a page where none existed before? It’s my least favorite thing about writing. 

Which, given that that is writing, probably makes you wonder what I’m doing writing books anyway and where I get off Telling You How to Do it. That is a valid question. Here’s my honest answer: my first novel just poured out of me. I didn’t think before I sat down to do it—my big idea was literally, “Something happens to someone.” But for whatever reason, some strange alchemical compound of compulsion mixed with ignorance and confidence, I ended up with 80,000 words in four months. 

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7 Things Publishing Professionals Wish You Knew

The “Now What?” Months continue, and we’re shifting our focus to the wide world of publishing! Today, Holly West, an editor at Feiwel & Friends and the crowd-sourced YA Romance imprint Swoon Reads (a previous NaNoWriMo sponsor!), shares seven things writers should know about the publishing process:

So you finished your novel. Congratulations! That is a huge step, and one that takes no little amount of effort. But once you finish your novel, then comes the business of trying to get it published. 

There are many ways you can do this (I work both on the traditional publisher side for Feiwel & Friends where I receive manuscripts through agents, and I receive young adult romance manuscripts through, a crowd-sourced publishing imprint where writers submit their manuscripts directly). But no matter how you send in your manuscript, there are some things you should keep in mind that might make the publishing process seem a little less mysterious. I thought it might be helpful to share a short list of things that we as publishers wish authors understood:

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A Place to Find Useful Feedback for Your Novel

Every year, we’re lucky to have great sponsors for our nonprofit events. Scribophile, a NaNoWriMo 2015 sponsor, is offering all NaNoWriMo participants free basic membership. They asked writer Sid Jain to share his experience with their critique community:

I discovered Scribophile through NaNoWriMo 2015, after my novel limped to 15,000 words before the month ended.  I realized I couldn’t finish it in a vacuum. I had been sending my writing to friends, who mostly ignored my messages, but sometimes replied with a quick “nice work.” It became clear I needed to look elsewhere to get feedback on my writing.

I joined a story-exchange site, posted a chapter, and waited. A “like” trickled in. Somebody put my chapter on their to-read list. Crickets chirped. My morale slumped. I knew my story had potential, but I also knew I needed other writers to read it first. I needed someone to tell me how to improve my work.

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I promised I would do one of these at 100 followers, then at 200, then a bunch of other times but I finally felt like putting in 10 minutes of effort to do one of these.

but now that I am at nearly 1500 I thought I might as well do it now before I follow even more blogs

anyway gg these blogs for making mine the trash that it is. bolded names are extra trash super friends.

-blunt 0ni-chan 0ugi, a-precocious-loli, abra-ka-daniel, aigis2, anime-skeleton, animeforyears, araragichan, araragii, authentic-imitation, azumarrill, bakararagi, bellybuttonforte, bootymonogataribumblebee-kun, burnthisdiscodown, cayenne-kick, chef-yasuo, chie-official, clafster2k, coalgirls, cobbyo, curathesheep, cutiehouse-askbox-rpthing, deadecchi, didyouplanthistoocid, disco-agidyne, drowninghitagicrab, edwordoh, eru-8, estipse, eva-420, eva-tech, evangelikon, faustianrepercussions, gaysociallink goizord, gurrenlagging, h1tagi, hanekawa-tsubasic, heart–under–blade, heart-over-blade, higgzorz, hikoushitai, hitagin, ichijowo-rakuwu, jinkisaragiofficial, kagayaita, kaikisouls, kanbarus, kaorusaga, karen-araragii, katahane, kawaiiboushi, kawaiipersona, kazucrash, kisumonogatari, komikan, kongoupak, kumagawa, kurasamess, kurisu004, kyouko-magica, latency-chan, leeaboo, levis-short-ass, lightning-junkie, literallytheworstblogger, lowlifedesu, lucinafucker, makibanzai, makidesuuuuuu, mamis-magical-mammies, megidolas, memedtoohard, minatokun, minatums, monkeyondalamb, nabegewell, nagamonkai, nathanburnsred, nee-chan-maya, neongenesisbutts, onodorable, onyasumi, oppaicalypse, oshinobu, oshinosshirt, oujij, pepperonii-chan, pillgrimm, pod7, productionig, raku-ichijou, ravemst, revengeance, riddlypog, robotsociallink, robotoniichan, senj0ugahara, senjou-gahara, senjougahara-enthusiast, senjyogatari, senshi-choni, shinoboobs, shinobootyoshino, shovel-has-catgirls, shringan, shroudofurine, silabus, silentsenselessdrive, silvertsundere, simon-the-digga, siruth, squeaky-pickle, starplatinumdisco, surugatari, tachibana-marika, thegreatwhiteotaku, thepastathief, tokisaki-kurumi, tropius, tugg-aigis, uchiiigatana, ultimatedetective, ultimatefightdad, wak37, warmsummernight, wilco499, yosukeisgod, yukari-takebae, zatchcube, ziodynes, ziodyyne

that’s mostly in alphabetical order and I don’t feel like separating it too much so there you go WOOOO