Edit, Format, Upload, Oh, my!

There is a lot more to being a writer these days, or at least, a self-published author. A book is edited. Then it is formatted for ebook and paperback. Then it is uploaded to the vendors.

Once it is up (live) it is a constant watching to make sure it is the price you set, the blurb you wrote (also formatted right), and a myriad of other things, all while writing the next book.

Most days, I’m happy I’m doing this. This has been my dream for a long time, but on days I’m formatting for paperback books; not so much.

Thanks for listening to my rant. Off to format some more!!

Jill James, romance author and self-published entrepreneur

Make MS Word work for you…JW Manus

…instead of against you.

This blog post listed below really struck home. When I first started writing toward getting published I avidly devoured writing magazines to learn the where, who, and what. Once I discovered that agents and editors and writing contests with RWA seemed to all want the same formatting for submissions, I set my WordPerfect to make my manuscript send-ready from the get go. Then I turned to MS Word, unwillingly, and kicking and screaming.

So, in 2011 I was published by The Wild Rose Press. I learned to format for the editor’s preferences. Then I decided to go self-published. Once I took a class and learned how to format, I did all that at the beginning of writing my story so the formatting was much simpler at the end of the story.

But this takes it to a new level. I now have a style guide at the top of MS Word with 3 little boxes; normal, heading 1, and heading 2. Awesomeness!! More details at the JW Manus website.