Self-publishing; how to format your file on Create Space

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If you’re self-publishing your first book, chances are you’ll concentrate on the e-version first and foremost and worry about the print version later. If you format your file yourself (rather than using a company to do it for you) it’s obviously much more complicated and time-consuming (although to be honest, you still have to proof the file, so using a company is not the complete shortcut  you might imagine). I’ve laid down a beginner’s guide of things to consider about the file itself.Continue Reading

How to request reviews

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The Sham_Review RequestI think that self-pubbed authors are often so desperate to get reviews that we can be a bit brash in how we ask for them. In the excitement of our mission to get our books out there, we often forget how much time it takes to read and review them.

As I’d been asking hundreds of people to review my book recently, I decided it was only fair to review a few others myself. The problem was that I was left a bit irritated by most of these encounters; the emails that I exchanged with other authors felt like they were doing me the favour and not the other way round. I know they’re giving away a free book but they were terse and demanding (“when would I be leaving that review?, not if“) and I was left with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.Continue Reading