… the ability to present to a market and spread information on its availability is no longer reliant on the conventional gatekeepers of the publishing world.
Alison Baverstock, The Naked Author: A Guide to Self-publishing (Bloomsbury, 2011), p. xiii.
Self-publishing is increasing in popularity. The digital revolution now enables you to produce your own material in more inventive ways, and for very little financial outlay.
However, this is accompanied by the responsibility to present your material to its best advantage.
If you submitted your text to a traditional publishing house, you would expect your work to be professionally edited.
All of the review criteria applied to traditional book publishing still apply to self-published material. So, if publishing your own material, albeit in a different public forum, shouldn’t you consider affording your work the same professional benefit as traditionally published material?
Professional editing can help you to:
- Achieve your text’s full potential, turning it from a good idea into a good read
- Ensure that your message is clear and easily understood, your narrative flows smoothly, and your plot and characterisation are plausible
- Tidy up spelling, punctuation and grammar, and remove any silly errors.
- Recognise where your work succeeds and where it could be improved
- Circumvent unnecessary and avoidable criticism
Self-publishing has had a dubious reputation in the past …[but] the range of new products and services for writers means that bespoke or independent publishing … is returning as an option of choice, not the abandonment of hope.
Please refer to Editorial and Literary Services to see which particular service(s) might assist your self-publishing project.
Alison Baverstock. Op. cit., pp. xvf.