A few necessities if you want to be an ‘Indie Author’

Look, it ain’t that difficult to get. The publishing world changed, has changed, is changing. The rise of Publish on Demand, the advent of electronic book readers and the explosion of Amazon into book publishing innovation has blown the doors of the guarded sanctuary. That place you had to get into before you could even consider getting your book published and out in front of a global audience. Yep, all that has happened and now, unlike the old model of Vanity Publishing, any writer can have their book published professionally at practically nil cost. Except. You can’t. Seriously. You can’t. Unless you have some seriously gifted professional friends. You need to spend some money to meet some fundamental requirements, for the simple facts are these: If you (as a reader) pick up a book, you expect it to read well, be grammatically correct, have the words spelt properly. If that’s what you expect as a reader, then that’s what you should be striving for as an author. Yes, one or two typos will squeeze through any system (and lucky you if you have the early editions of Harry Potter with the typos in them) but there shouldn’t be a plethora of them. You shouldn’t have them littered throughout like potholes, juddering the eyes of the reader and jolting them off the page and into the real world of having...

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