A Fresh BookIt’s child’s play now to publish an ebook or a paperback. However, racing away and publishing your epic without thinking about making your book readable and potentially saleable, will surely guarantee that only you mother will even think of buying it. From bitter experience I can tell you how embarrassing it is to publish a book without doing the hard work. My first couple of books were awful.

One of the benefits often overlooked in self-publishing is that you can repair the damage very easily. I took my first few books of the market once I saw where I went wrong and got to work on making them readable and more saleable. I won’t go into all the editing, proof reading and formatting details in this post. There is advice aplenty now. What I want to concentrate on is how you can re-publish your book or books and give them a better chance.

The ‘nuclear option’ of course is a new title and cover. If it was that bad, this is a great way to recover from the mistakes made in rushing into publishing. I’ll let you into a secret. I have done this myself with one of my books. I originally published a book titled Nobody’s Fault and although I knew the story was good, it was very badly written. So I withdrew the book and went to work on it. After three months I was finally happy and released the book again with a new cover and a new title, Dead Men. Was it worth the effort? Without a doubt as now sales are good and the reviews have been extremely positive.

The other option is easier. Review your manuscript, preferably with someone who is not your mother, and is honest enough to tell what they like and don’t like. Then get to work on a second draft. Once done, just replace your ebook or paperback file through your publisher and don’t tell anyone.

In either case, follow up by getting your ‘new book’ to some book bloggers and reviewers and start pumping your book all over again.

Turn That Story Into A Book
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5 thoughts on “Turn That Story Into A Book

  • 29/07/2011 at 4:32 pm

    Well I’m glad I’m not the only one. I rushed my latest book out and there were so many errors including the wrong ISBN on the title page. Gads. The cover wasn’t what I wanted. Blech. I fixed it and I’m happier with it.
    I don’t know if it’s possible to get better without the errors. You learn and do better next time.Armed with hindsight it’s easy to say that you should do this and that. But I don’t think you really learn without the mistakes. That’s what I tell myself anyway. It helps me sleep at night.

    • 29/07/2011 at 6:38 pm

      I think most indies have had that experience Margaret. There are no rule books so it’s hard to get it right first time. But the beauty of today’s publishing environment is that you can go back and fix things and improve.

  • 31/07/2011 at 8:17 pm

    Fortunately, I ran into some review issues with Smashwords (coloured text on the HTML’s) During the process of fixing those I realized that some areas of the narrative were not going where I had planned. After repairing the story itself, I realized that the built-in Word formatting for HTML was overriding my clumsy attempts to re-colour the links.
    Funny how things work out sometimes.

  • 31/07/2011 at 9:13 pm

    Me again,
    Just ruminating on your post and my wife’s complaint just jogged my memory…

    A lot of authors who have traditional publishing deals are still releasing eBook versions that illustrate your point.
    My wife is reading the latest Jean Auel novel on her Kobo and it is a mix of paragraph styles and missing sentences. The formatting is very intrusive to the reading experience. It really looks like it was rushed to market by her publisher.
    There has been lot’s of buzz around this release in Alberta (the first book in the series is part of the school curriculum here) but it has started to fizzle.
    It doesn’t help the perception of lower quality with eBooks when even the bigger names release in such a state.

  • 31/07/2011 at 10:16 pm

    Quite true Andrew. I have read a number of eBooks on my Kindle from reputable publishers and the formatting has been terrible. Not to mention typos as well. Seems like the whole industry has a long way to go yet.

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