This is the second and last part of the article on indie publishing by noted author Lynn Emery who has been a writer for Harper Collins. She is now the very happy indie publisher of several successful — and beautiful — books that I have richly enjoyed. Also, a number of her print books have been turned into e-books. Lynn is truly a helpful author, and I am so grateful to call her my friend. She tells a smashing, romantic tale of suspense that is sharp, witty and oh, so wise.
If you decide to go the indie author route, then make sure you do it right. The world of being an indie author is now in the 2.0 version. You must decide, and be truly honest here, if you can do your own covers and editing. Creating an attractive book cover requires serious design skills. It’s not just finding great stock photos or art that you like and arranging fonts around them. The fonts should be right for a book cover, not regular fonts you’d choose in a word processng program. The arrangement of the cover art, be it a photo or drawings, is more than just knowing how to stick them on the right size background using a photo editing application. Self-published books are held to the same standard as any book, and now your book will be seen around the globe. You want to have the best looking product possible. Same goes for the content. Few of us can successfully edit, copyedit and proofread our own work. Why? We miss a lot because we know what we meant to say and we see it even if it is not there or wrong. You need someone to set fresh eyes on what you’ve written to catch those glaring, and sometimes embarrassing boo-boos. Readers will certainly see them, and won’t cut you any slack. Trust me, I’ve got the t-shirt. Read the rest of this entry