It’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.