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Why so happy?

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Learn to self-publish your bookAlong with the release of my new book, The Self-Publishing Roadmap, I am launching a new business! The Happy Self-Publisher helps writers become authors and aspiring writers to put their thoughts on the page through workshops and one-on-one coaching.

Why so happy, you ask? Because writing a book is trans-formative experience and I get to help writers find the joy, satisfaction, and sense of accomplishment that comes with it. I have the privilege of helping people live their dreams and find the courage to put their name on the line. How cool is that?

With that, I am moving my blog to The Happy Self-Publisher website. Please join me there to continue the conversation about writing, self-publishing, and book marketing with tips and resources to help make the most of your self-publishing journey. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a thing! I hope to see you there.

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The Self-Publishing Roadmap

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How to self-publish a bookWoooooo! It was a year and a half in the making. Lots of coffee and trips to Panera. Writing and editing and editing and editing…. I am so excited! My first book signing was at Delaware Authors Day in Lewes, DE with more to follow.

After I wrote my first book, The Almost Perfect Birthday Party, people asked me about my self-publishing journey. I began to write a few notes, which turned into a few pages until I discovered that I had written a book. It has been a year full of research and discovery. Now, I embark on the second phase of the process with a book launch and promotion.

Here is a brief description of what you will experience with this book:

Whether you are a business professional looking to brand yourself as an expert in your field, a first-time novelist dreaming of seeing your name in print, or someone who wants to hand down a treasured family history, The Self-Publishing Roadmap will guide you through each step of the process. This book is designed for those who are new to the self-publishing world in an easy-to-follow format with numerous resources to help you on your journey. The time has never been better to tell your story.

In the days and weeks to follow, I’ll post more writing, publishing, and book marketing tips to help you along your way, too. Feel free to ask questions and join the discussion. I would love feedback on the book. Please leave your reviews on Amazon.

Where are you on your writing and publishing journey?

What Kind of Editor Do I Need?

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If you are choosing to pursue the self-publishing route, hiring an editor is critical to the success of your book. Many writers skip this step due to cost or belief in their own ability to do it. It is hard to step out of yourself and be objective, even though much of editing is subjective.  Read a few 1 or 2 star ratings on Amazon or Goodreads before you decide you don’t need an editor.

There are different types of editors to help make your book professional and primed for rave reviews. While some editors might overlap a bit in what they edit, most stick to one angle and do a thorough review. The way you read a manuscript is different for each type of editing. Here is the difference between a content, line, and copy editor.

Content Editor

The content editor will use a broad brush to review your work. The editor will be an expert in the genre in which you write. They will look for balance, story arc, character development and can give general feedback, for example, as to whether the story should be in first or third person. They should have the tact and guts to tell you that you are on the wrong track if you missed the mark.

Line Editor

A line editor will look at your work more carefully. They will help you organize paragraphs and your thoughts about a topic or help rearrange chapters so the story flows better. They will help with sentence structure, word flow, and overall readability. They will help make your story come to life.

Copy Editor

A copy editor will look at details of your work. They are your proofreaders. They’ll look for typos, grammatical mistakes, and smooth out unclear sentences. It is easiest to find a good proofreader. You can enlist freelancers or virtual assistants to handle this task.

While it is not recommended that you skip hiring one or more editors, reading your manuscript through 3 times using these angles will greatly improve your writing and make professional editing even more effective.

If you are looking for more insight into editors, check out these posts. Before hiring any editor, check out books they have edited and ask for references whenever possible.

http://victoriamixon.com/editing-terminology/

http://tahlianewland.com/2014/01/11/difference-copy-editing-line-editing-copy-edit-isnt-enough/

http://www.fictionfixitshop.com/blog/types-of-fiction-editing/

http://www.drydenbks.com/

What is your experience with editors? Do you have one you recommend?