Publishing for Uncivilized Apes

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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.
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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.

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LBark94's picture

Totally agree!

Hey Valerie, these are some great connections. I also thought these chapters were super helpful, especially with what we are doing in class. I like the points you make about self publishing being your choice for an author to follow because I always tended to side with going through a publisher. But you made some compelling arguments! Great work!
Larissa Barkley

mkozma's picture

Hey Valerie

Yeah I definitely agree with Larissa here that these chapters were super helpful because they broke down the steps one by one. Although Chapter 13 was supposed to be the "harriest," I think that it was actually super helpful in terms of information. I don't think that if you are a patient person and take the time to sit down and actually follow the steps, that it is really all that difficult.

tpom13's picture

I am totally pestering my

I am totally pestering my friends and family to edit things for me as well. It really builds up a community of trust, because it is hard to share your writing! I love sharing with my family especially because whenever we get together they all tell me how worried they are that I won't get a career in writing, and when I show them my physical work it makes them happy and supportive.
Good work!

kgthoma's picture

You really applied the

You really applied the reading to examples from your life well! You would be a great editor and you are a great writer! I also agree that you can never get too much editing help. I am always looking for people to read my stories, poems or papers. It is always nice to have an outsider look in with fresh eyes!