Nothing is easy for first time authors.

Too much advice is bad news for beginners.

Getting a book ready for publishing is a complex project for beginners to undertake, that is why there are so many people pushing tutorials to become a writer. Many authors have become successful using the self publishing route, and it’s possible to reach the bestseller list with your first book. First time writers love those inspirational stories, and many believe the hype and purchase a package of tutorials to learn how to write, self edit, and format your book for self publishing. Like thousands of first time writers, I bought into the dream of becoming an author on the self publishing route. Unfortunately, tutorials do not cover a fraction of the knowledge required to succeed as a writer, and you can forget self editing. I used a self editing tutorial to guide me through several stages before having the book web edited. Communicating by email sounds simple until they make alterations to your original story. Unfortunately, I believed an online editor was more than qualified to rewrite my story. The feedback from Amazon told me a qualified editor would have worked with me to understand every facet of my genre before polishing the story to perfection. Hopefully, I have learned from my huge mistake, and get it right after a revision.

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