Being an independent author and publisher is not for everyone. I chose this path, but my path is my path. You need to choose your own way. If you are evaluating your options, this series “Things I would like to Know Before Publishing” can help you. Parts I and II deal with the overall issues to be considered. This is Part III, the last article of this series.

Things I Would Like To Know About Rules

The tips that you can find about the “rules” of writing and editing range from one extreme to another. Some say there are no rules. Others will give you a list of rules.

Traditional edition

When you look at traditional publishing, keep in mind that these big publishers are corporations and that they have both public and private rules. They call their public rules ” submission guidelines. “Often these guidelines relate to the formatting of your manuscript.

The rules that are most difficult to find or see are those that are common for companies. Some departments manage certain things. A publisher can tolerate stories that contain guns or gender scenes. Often these companies do not share internal policies such as risk tolerance or political tendencies or their focus on causes that are close to their hearts.

The publishers that submit them also have rules. They do not call them rules, but they have certain expectations. They expect the stories to be entertaining and move from the beginning to the middle to the end. Each publisher has his expectations and life events that affect his interpretation of your story. Some publishers are flexible and open to having their expectations taken advantage of by a skillful author. Others will not be.

What can you do? Know what is important to you. Look for the editors and the editor you want to publish your work. Ask questions to authors, agents, publishers and librarians. You can not do it personally? Try social media.

Don’t be so impatient to be published that you sign your first contract without knowing what that means for your book and your values. Decide in advance on issues that do not concern you.

Rules Of independent processing
You may feel that there are no rules in independent editing. You’re wrong. There are tons of rules. Amazon has a number of rules. The same goes for Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Draft to Digital and Ingram Spark. There are cover sizes and pictures that they tolerate and do not tolerate on the covers. Genres that they allow and do not allow on their sites. Advertisers also have rules. These are just a tiny part of the rules associated with independent processing.

Although authors who are published independently do not have to deal with corporate publishers, we must please readers of our kind. Readers have expectations and these are their ” rules.”

There are also the expectations or rules that we impose on ourselves. Sometimes independent authors and publishers demand strict, unrealistic and untenable rules.

What I would Like to know about the rules before publication

The anonymous “you ” say that you need to know the rules before you break them. I wish I understood the unspoken part of this advice. If you break the rules, there are consequences. Sometimes the consequences are that publishers and readers love what they have done. But if you break too many rules and expectations, you can alienate some editors and readers. Your book might not sell.

As an independent publisher, it’s up to you to understand the rules and consequences that may follow if you decide to break some.

What I would like to know about the writer’s life

No matter what publishing path you follow, you are a writer. The life of a writer is not as advertised. Hollywood films create expectations that writers solve crimes or go on exciting adventures. Magazines and other media wave the rags of the wealth stories of fabulously successful and rich authors as something that anyone can become a writer.

Although it depends on what they call adventure, few authors are very much against real adventure. Many of us make trips related to our writing, but it is rare for a writer to be a successful detective or a devious assassin or a frightened kidnapping victim.

Most of the time we sit at our writing instrument of choice and write. If we are not careful, we develop body limitations by sitting too much. Most of us isolate ourselves. It is almost impossible to enter the creative zone and socialize at the same time.

Previously, it was very unlikely that a writer would earn a living. Thanks to the independent edition, this is less rare today, but for every Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, there are thousands who don’t earn enough to reach the break-even point.

What I Want To Know Before Publishing

I would like to know how much I would love him. I work a lot more than I’ve ever done at my regular job of more than 40 hours a week and that doesn’t sound like work. If I had known, I would have published earlier. But everyone can only make the best possible decision, depending on who he is, what he needs, what he wants and how best to achieve this. I hope this series of blog posts helped you see your path a little clearer.

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