In the age of electronic publishing, it can be too tempting to rush the publishing process. I have read many kindle copies of books that were poorly edited with shocking grammar and spelling issues. This is distracting and will greatly affect a rating I provide to a book.
Does it bother you?
As an author, it can be tempting to go ahead and make a book live for purchase because we feel it is finished. Consider asking yourself first:
- Have I had it edited?
- Have I read it through in the format it is available for sale?
- Have I tested how the pages / images view in the available format?
- Can I have another set of eyes read it prior to making it public?
|Have you designed a book cover, written a blurb?|
A poorly prepared novel can fail with sales, in spite of being a great story. Don’t let impatience trick you into releasing a book before it’s had the final finishing touches applied. Practice patience!
If you find that you have announced a release date and the book isn’t ready for this date, don’t publish it anyway. Make the necessary apologies to eager readers / fans and work to make the book available as soon as possible, in a finished state.
As you're creating a story, are you considering all that you will need to do to provide it in a finished state?
- a completed story
- book cover design
- ASIN or ISBN generation
- a blurb
- copyright page
- author page