This is the first post in my series on self-publishing eBooks. Today, we’re going to focus on what makes a great book and hiring a professional editor.
What Makes a Great Book?
Writing a great book seems pretty obvious. Great books are usually the ones that sell. People want to read great books. How do you know if your book measures up to those on the best-selling list?
Here are a few factors to consider when writing your book. If you’ve already written your manuscript, double-check to make sure you have these elements:
Do you have a workable idea?
You have this awesome idea in your head and you think it will make a great book. Before you start advertising this idea to your potential readers, make sure you can actually make a book out of it. Sit down and create an outline of the story you have in mind. Don’t worry about title and chapter headings just yet. Flesh out each bullet point you created from the start to the end of the story. Were you able to do that? If you find that it isn’t workable for a full length novel, maybe you can turn it into a short story. It’s best to know if you have a workable idea from the start of your project so you’ll know if it’s worth working on. Here is a blog post I did about creating outlines (Note: This was intended to be used with a completed manuscript, but you can use the method to flesh out your idea as well): click here
Do you have memorable characters?
Your characters should be unique in your story. I shouldn’t think of characters from other books when I read yours (although there may be some similarities in personalities, but I shouldn’t think of your character as a carbon copy of another one). Also, make sure the dialogue is unique to each character. Often in self-published books, I notice the characters sound alike which is not a good thing. One book in particular that I purchased was completely awful because every character was basically the same person with a different name. Don’t be that guy.
Is your novel an appropriate length?
Your novel doesn’t have to be 300 pages long. If you can tell a complete story in 150 pages without unneeded fluff, then that’s the right length for you. I learned this recently. I usually write short stories and for some reason, I had this thought in my head that my story needed to be XX amount of pages long to qualify as a novel. This is where the freedom of self-publishing comes into play. I turned my novel into a novella. I found that I could tell my story in less than half the chapters I used. The story became much more concise as well.
Does your story have a great ending?
Leave your reader with a sense of awe. This is especially important if you are writing a series! You want the reader to be anxious to find out what happens next. If you aren’t writing a series, then a great ending is important to establish yourself as a great writer. The reader should have a yearning to read more of your titles after finishing one of your books.
Is your book properly edited?
No matter how many times you go over your manuscript, you will always miss something that is right in your face. Your eyes tend to gloss over things you’ve read dozens of times. Hire a professional editor to comb through your words! I can’t stress enough how important professional editing is. No one wants to read a poorly edited book. No one.
Hiring a Professional Editor
I wrote a post about my first experience working with a professional editor and you can read it here: click me
Editors correct grammar, your choice of words, and they fix punctuation mistakes. They also read through your story to check for developmental issues. I firmly believe if I didn’t hire an editor, my story wouldn’t have been the best it could be.
Also, I never mentioned in the above post who my editor was. Who is this mystery man?
Bonus: Hire my Editor
His name is Richard White and he works at Word Edit Professional Literary Services. Services include the following:
I knew Richard was the best editor for the job from our correspondences. He’s always prompt and he keeps an air of professionalism about him. His work is top-notch and he isn’t afraid to give you all the feedback you need to make your novel better. His prices are reasonable and you can contact him to get a quote for your work.
Richard White’s Contact Info:
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