Your Top 5 Responsibilities as an Author
Your top five responsibilities:
- Finish your draft and remember that you aren't finished yet. The more familiar you are with your own plan and process, the less ants you'll have in your pants ;).
- Find your objectivity. Before you begin revising, I highly recommend taking a step back for at least two weeks to a month to gain perspective and look at your book with fresh eyes and an objective point of view. No, it is not your "baby." It is your creation, yes, but being an author is also a business. The less emotionally involved you are during the revision process, the better you can analyze your work and revise it to be its best, period.
- Revise. Technically it doesn't matter how many times you revise, although I would definitely recommend at least five revisions in all. Sometime after your first couple of revisions but before the last one, you can opt to send your book to beta readers for detailed feedback and suggestions.
- Recruit some beta readers. How can you gauge whether your book will do well or not? Reach out for feedback. The people you reach out to should be reliable, pay attention to detail, and know how to use Track Changes so that they can leave comments in the margins of your Word document. This is the most reliable and streamlined way of getting feedback from people, and if you need to know how to use Track Changes, check out the video below this list.
- Self-edit. Even if you're sick of reading your own book by this point, you should still do at least one or two passes of self-editing to make sure that your book has the fewest mistakes possible. Not only will this help your editor by allowing them to focus on your work on a deeper level*, but you will also get better and better at editing as time goes by, which is a huge plus because it could save you a bundle on editing costs.
Beta Readers and Using Track Changes
Without further ado, here's a quick tutorial on using Track Changes in Word.
A book is a big project! Remember to be patient with yourself, your beta readers, your editor, and your work. The most exciting part is being able to see and physically hold a paperback in your hands that you created from nothing but thoughts and ideas. That in and of itself is miraculous... don't take away from the magic of literature by half-assing the finalization of your book. Yes, it takes work... but any creative passion worth pursuing should also inspire you to produce excellent and professional results.
There is always help out there! I'll be covering more about revision, editing, and working with an editor over the course of this month. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me and ask =). I promise I will do whatever I can.
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Stay awesome, self-pubbers!