I have enjoyed reading from the APE book the most out of all of the books for class we have read so far and I highly recommend it to anyone looking toward publishing any of their work. Out of all thirteen chapters we were assigned to read this weekend, I enjoyed Chapter 8 the most because it talked a lot about editing and copyediting.
This is something I am really interested in right now as a potential career. For class, I am taking an actual book published by Parlor Press, and am converting it into an ebook. This is work I have never done before, but I really LOVE it.
Page 80 says, “There are four ways to obtain both kinds of editing: enlisting friends, family and coworkers; tapping niche communities; crowdsourcing; and hiring professionals…You can never get too much editing and feedback.” I really liked this because I am constantly using friends, family, professors, and classmates to edit my pieces of writing. Rather its from fiction, to essays, to poetry, I love to get all the help I can get. Here is a picture of one of my poems from last year:
The selection of reading had a lot of useful information on self-publishing. It discussed the most useful, efficient, and money-saving strategies in going about to do this. I have personally never self-published a book or story, but I think it is something I might really look in to. I’ve had several professors talk to me during their office hours about self-publishing because I have always been curious about the process.
That being said, if I were to meet another self-aspiring author, I would definitely lend this book to them and direct them to read these six chapters. I would encourage them to self-publish because it is easy, less time consuming, and less expensive than trying to get an editor to like your work. I would specifically tell them to do some outside research on Kindles and how they work with Amazon and self-publishing. This seems to be the most popular of strategies in self-publishing work.