Well, the learning curve continues to grow with my “published author” status. I’ve been mum on this for a while, honestly because I was a bit embarrassed about it.
But, I might as well confess: I’m revising and re-publishing The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.
I suppose I am fortunate that my novel does not need sweeping changes, or a complete rewrite. But I still don’t like the fact that I have to revise it.
A couple of readers pointed out some basic proofreading errors that were juuuust a bit too much for me to let slide. There are not enough errors for me to publish a second edition or anything, but there were too many.
So, I had someone proofread my already-published novel. I contacted Red Raven Book Design again to see what it would take to get revisions made to my CreateSpace and KDP files. And I sent a list of more corrections than I’d like to admit to my book designer to implement for me.
I’m happy that self-publishing has given me the flexibility to submit new manuscripts for my book without actually going through the entire process again.
However, in light of this experience, I have a few more lessons I’d like to share that I’ve learned from self-publishing.
Hire a Proofreader
I had read countless blogs and articles about hiring one person for the content editing, and a totally separate person for the proofreading of my novel. It made sense in my head. Why not have an extra set of eyes on my story?
I didn’t listen. And I didn’t do enough on my own to prepare my manuscript. My editor was great, but she focused on the narrative and the characters.
Next time, I’m definitely hiring a proofreader after my content editor is finished.
Don’t Rely on Your Content Editor to Proofread Simultaneously
Again, my editor was fantastic. I will absolutely go back to her for future stories. However, I didn’t pay her to be both a content editor and a proofreader.
Maybe she could have proofread my manuscript after I had made my revisions, and she had some separation from the story. She probably would have done a great job. But doing both in one shot is just too much to ask.
Don’t Be Afraid to Revise at Any Point during the Process
I rushed the publication process a bit. I mentioned this in my original lessons from publishing, but I contacted my book designer too early and committed to a time slot for him to format my manuscript — before my manuscript was completed.
The deadline came up too fast, and rather than pushing back my book design, I scrambled to finish the manuscript and send it to my book designer. Next time, if I’m in danger of missing or rushing a deadline, I’ll know to call off the next step until I’m truly finished.
I’m really excited to re-publish my novel with these changes. I feel much more confident that my novel is a worthy buy and read.
It just would have been nice to feel this way from the start — and be right. Good things are coming, however. Stay tuned.
2 thoughts on “Another 3 Things I’ve Learned from Publishing My First Novel”
Not a bad thing to commit to revision….Sometimes we are so concerned about the big, Craft errors that the wee little ones slip past and bite our ankles. Hindsight is future foresight!
Exactly – Now I know for next time!