When they tell you “publishing is the easy part” you never believe them, not even a little, until you stumble past what you think is a finish line but is actually the start of some long-distance trek you feel by no means prepared for.
There are two things that are almost guaranteed to get your hard work thrown in the slush pile – poor editing and formatting that doesn’t meet the guidelines set out by the publisher.
In my time cruising around the various blogs about getting published, I see that many people talk about the importance of things like press releases and pre-promotion and events, but not nearly as much about covers and finding the right covers (and the right artists).
Pet peeves…oh, I have so many! As a reader, I can’t stand to see certain things in books. As an author, it’s so much worse, because I know how much hard work goes into writing and editing a novel, and sometimes it just feels like an author gave up, or that they didn’t put as much effort into their work as they could have.
Starting 2017 with an offer from a publisher really threw me into a huge, unexpected learning curve.
The Author – Caitlin TurpinSalvage of Rapha is my first little fiction-baby, and I’m as excited now as I was a year ago when I sent it out to play with the hordes of science fiction already out there