Hitting the nail on the head. Some great advice from Anne R Allen. I’ve seen much of what she mentions. One thing not mentioned however is Formatting or Interior Book Design. This is just as important as Editing and Book Covers. Seeing paperbacks not justified makes me shudder. Be aware and be proud of your work if you wish to be professional.
When you’re confined to a hospital bed for several months the way I was last summer, you read a lot of books. During my 2+ months of medical incarceration, I read pretty much everything loaded onto my trusty old Kindle (over 200 titles.)
Often I didn’t remember how the books got there. I’d just start reading where Amazon plunked me down.
But it’s amazing how soon I could tell a book was an amateur effort. Sometimes I stuck around to read the rest of the book for story, but often I just clicked away.
Do note: I think it’s important to make a distinction between an amateur self-published book and one from a professional indie author. Few people can tell the difference between a book self-published by a pro and one from a traditional publishing house.
But amateurs tend to fly some red flags early on to let the…
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