BookMachine asked CompletelyNovel’s Anna to write something for their blog about self-publishing. These are some of her thoughts on how to produce a professional product and minimise the stress levels as you self-publish.
“…DO take the time out to learn how to use MS Word or your word processor of choice properly. That means, using page breaks, page numbers, the styles and line spacing options and learning how to set page size and margins. It will save you SO MUCH time in the long run just by using page breaks instead of pressing the enter key 10 times at the end of each chapter. It will also make anyone typesetting or proofreading your work on screen less likely to kill you.
“DON’T set deadlines without properly thinking them through first. I mean properly – ESPECIALLY if you are holding a book launch. Literally, plan out exactly what you have to do for your book to be ready for launch and how long each thing will take, adding on plenty of extra time for postage delays, late contributions from other authors, your baby throwing up all over your laptop etc. If you then find yourself well behind on the plan then consider putting the launch back – it’s OK to change the plan, but do it sooner rather than later. Otherwise, it becomes incredibly stressful. Especially as if you have other people involved proofreading or designing your cover etc. you will transfer this pressure to them…"
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