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Congratulations, Barbara! It’s beautiful! I also took the plunge and published my YA sci-fi novel, SYNAPSE, on Amazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook), and Smashwords (formats galore), also soon to be out in paperback on Amazon. The formatting was a fun challenge, a little different for each venue. It took me some time, but I was glad I did it myself as it gave me another in-depth look at my book. It’s different seeing it as a book rather than as just a manuscript, and I made some modifications in style during that process. I wish I was a professional editor like you, but I relied on several beta readers to help me catch typos. I even did a couple of re-uploads when people caught things in the published versions. (This was not my plan, but you do what you must.) Dedicated readers even caught new things on their 3rd or 4th pass that they hadn’t noticed previously, which drives home how difficult editing can be. Your cover is beautiful! I suppose you were able to use your old image, but I needed a new one for Synapse. Luckily, one of my SCBWI critique group pals is Siri Weber Feeney, professional illustrator extraordinaire. She offered to make me a cover, and I didn’t even have to beg. I keep hearing that people DO judge a book by its cover, so making it professional is important. Siri did that and more! Thanks for sharing your journey, and best of success. ~D. August Baertlein (A.K.A. Dawn)
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Jan 27, 2012