A to Z Challenge S – So You Want to be an Author

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So, you want to be a author?

 

Everyone wants to read your story. Right? Then write.

 

Then there’s the rest of the story. I attended the Colorado Independent Publishers (CIPA) monthly meeting this last Saturday. “Can Your Book Compete?” was the topic. There were many authors and service providers present.

 

Saturday’s panel included:

  • Kappy Kling – Hearthfire Bookstore in Evergreen

  • Dr. Patricia Ross – CIPA president and Book Distributor

  • Mike Daniels – Four Colour Print, speaking on Book production

  • Stacey Lane – Book Cover Designer

  • Melanie Mulhall – Editor, Dragon Heart Writing and Editing

  • Don Schmidt – Finances of Self-publishing

 

The few and the brave had their current written or recently released books reviewed by the panel. Granted, I’ve only been in the business a couple of years, but I was completely in awe of the quick feedback. Fonts were wrong, book covers were too “stock photo” or confusing the reader of the books genre. Now, if that scares you as much as it did me, just wait.

 

Each of the panelist highly stressed the importance of editing. No, your next door neighbor, who happens to be an English teacher, should not be your editor. Your best friend or Uncle Joe can most certainly love you through the process, but by all means, find an editor. Find an editor with clout. Find an editor whose voice is not overpowering your own, but brings out the best in yours.

 

Another highlight of the morning was the all mighty dollar, start-up cost from beginning to (almost) THE END.

 

Stay tuned for tomorrows THE END!

Resources:

Hearthfire Bookstore in Evergreen

Dr. Patricia Ross

Don Schmidt – The Book Kahuna

Mike Daniels – Four Colour Print

Stacey Lane – Book Cover Designer

Melanie Mulhall – Editor, Dragon Heart Writing and Editing

 

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