I spent most of my work hours today editing a book for a business expert in their chosen field, and I thought I would take a few minutes to express some concerns as well as offering some solutions for those of you who wish to position yourselves as experts in a professional way by publishing a book.
While I fully support the idea and think it's an excellent way to gain credibility and maybe even some celebrity status, there are a couple of things that concern me, too. I take pride in my work, especially if I'm going to put my name on it; that's my reputation at stake. If you're an entrepreneur and you want to self-publish a professional, high-quality product, you absolutely must hire someone who knows the ins and outs of self-publishing well.
just find myself sucked into the world of self-publishing, editing, the ins and outs of the publishing industry, how it's been changing, and so on. In the interest of full disclosure and transparency, you should know that I have personally never been traditionally published, although I thought I was when I was about 20 because PublishAmerica (on the Writer Beware list, so don't bother - it's a scam) published my first ever novella. Not only was it a crazy time in my life (I was leaving an abusive spouse who reported me as missing and accused me of kidnapping our children and a gun that was still in his possession - venture into my passion for this calling at Soul Vomit), but it was also a crazy time in my career as I'd literally had my first book signing days before I - as cliche as it sounds - took off with my baby girls in the middle of the night and drove 2500 miles back to WA State. Insanity all around! But what have I learned in the years since? That's where the fun really begins....
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