Formatting your self-published novel – DIY or hire someone?

Self-publishing is all about keeping control of your novel. You decide what is ultimately published, not a publisher. In the end, the most important question is how much to delegate to others to make your book the best it can be, and to stand out in a crowd. Even formatting can make a difference – DIY or hire someone?
Happy Writing. 🙂

Into Another World

CIMG1036You have written your novel and now are ready to publish it as an e-book. But your file needs to be submitted in the proper format as required by the publisher. So do you do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you?

Well, that really depends on how computer savvy you are. I have done the formatting for all my books with no problems. I know of other authors who would never want the headache of formatting their book and hire someone to do it.

Option 1 – Do it yourself

You can follow the step-by-step instructions offered by Smashwords to prepare your manuscript.

Amazon too offers a simplified formatting guide.

Advantage – It is free. If you are relatively proficient at MS Word, it is not difficult to follow the Smashwords guide. Amazon’s is a little more complex.

Disadvantage – if you aren’t proficient in…

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