|Another beautiful cover by Abigail Larson.|
The next step is a final read-through, which should be quick. After all those changes and croppings and moving of things, punctuation occasionally gets lost or cut, sentences are left hanging; those things need to be fixed along the way so the product comes out looking marginally professional.
I have and always will insist that editing one's work, even if it's for submission to a brick and mortar publisher, is imperative. It's just the professional thing to do. And yes, hiring an editor can be costly, but there are people out there like Ien, who offer creative and fair alternatives in order to knock your book into shape, and help promote it to boot. So I'm just saying to all my fellow writer friends, look up Ien, do what you must to make your book professional; out of respect to your readers.
So we've hammered out a suitable copy, which I will post below. This time this book will be available as hard cover, soft cover and ebook. The hard-copies will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers in a little over a month. The ebook will be published for sale soon.
I will add that I decided to forego the illustrations. As one of my most enthusiastic readers and friends pointed out to me recently, "I don't like illustrations. It deprives me of the opportunity to imagine the appearance characters on my own--and that's one of the best parts of the reading experience." I can't argue with that. I will instead post the completed illustrations on this blog periodically for those who might wish to see them.
|A screen capture of the book copy.|