June 20th, 2011

How a traditionally published author has found even greater success doing it on her own

Two years ago, I would have said you were a fool to self-publish. And I still think that for most people, it doesn’t work out.

And then there are folks like the woman who writes under the pseudonym J Carson Black. After being dropped by her publisher, she started publishing her ebooks on her own. And it seems like she’s having amazing success.

Now why her books have taken off and others haven’t? No idea. But you might learn something by reading more about her experiences.

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Editors make a difference

All those self-pubbed ebooks mean that many aren’t edited, or they are edited by someone who has an interest in making their client the author, rather than the reader, happy.

As one editor turned writer says in an essay in The Guardian: “It is extremely dispiriting to sit in a room with your editor and be told that the book (in my case novel) you have lovingly crafted over a long period of months is not gripping, charming and perfectly turned out, that it is in fact repetitive, unconvincing, too sketchy here, too drawn-out there. But I'd be mortified were anyone other than my editor and agent to read the first draft. It is vital that an author has someone willing to be tough with them. It's in their best interests, and if that person is employed by the author themselves on a freelance basis, I question how tough they'll be willing to be.”

Read more about the importance of editors.

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