Are you a writer who dreams of getting your manuscript published? And, do you often daydream of someone picking up the first hard copy of your book from a store? If so, then this blog is an alarm to bring you back to reality.
Yes! I hope you have been ignoring the great growling engine of change which is also known as technology. Be it trying to contact someone or to set your next day’s wake-up time, technology has left its subtle mark in all walks of our life and the publishing industry is no exception. Especially the major transition of books to eBooks. This has made it quite simple for authors and upcoming writers to shape their dreams into reality.
What I have stated above isn’t an exaggeration. Even statistics state that US readers have spent a collective sum of $75 million bucks on ebooks alone since January 2020. And, the numbers would have doubled by now.
I don’t doubt that all, as the mushroomed social distancing trend for sure would have added fuel to rocket up the demand for ebooks even further. Thus, to put it in a nutshell, ebook publishing has given much belief to writers of all genres in recent times.
Therefore, taking all this into account, I wish to reframe a statement mentioned at the start as follows,
Millennial authors have stopped daydreaming and have started to envision themselves setting their ebooks live and watching the sales multiplying rapidly.
Thus, as a writer, I feel that all upcoming writers and authors must use this boom to its fullest. And, continue reading this blog to get insights on how to do it without any hassle.
Focus on what you shouldn’t do while publishing your Book
Voracious readers of this era are indeed hungrier for e-books than before. Though all of your readers do crave so much for the knowledge, they prefer different genres to quench their thirst. So, it’s a writer’s responsibility to entice the readers, grab their attention, and confine it into your book.
This can be achieved only when you design a manuscript that is both mentally captivating and visually appealing. In much simpler words, it must look the best that there’s not even a comma out of place. So, you have to typeset your book to make it visually appealing. And, it is always mandatory to typeset your writing beforehand.
Having said typesetting is the prime factor, if you expect this blog to focus on how to typeset your book, you would end up disappointed. On the contrary, you must know what not to do in the process of getting your eBook published. It is only by eliminating what wouldn’t work you could easily arrive at the right way to get things done.
So, the first and foremost thing a writer should stop doing is, typesetting his/her book. You heard me right! Out of my personal experience, a writer typesetting his/her book is a blunder any author must be cautious of.
Do enough analysis to pin down why you shouldn’t do it.
Most writers and authors have a preconceived notion that all that it takes to validate a book is proofreading and editing. On the other hand, typesetting serves as the backbone of the book. Typesetting services are the mastery of refashioning the image’s text into a page and making it readable.
Many writers still haven’t realized that an author’s content can be honored only through typesetting services. It is only by making your content audible and felt, you can convince your readers to get your book.
So, right from aligning the text in a page, typesetting services also include altering the spacing between lines and checking the composition of every word, sentence, paragraph, heading, subheading, and even your footnotes.
In order to read a text, the readers have to look at it first. So a writer’s text should be attention-grabbing irrespective of its genre. But, this doesn’t mean a writer can take up the task of typesetting their own book. And, the following are a few reasons why writers shouldn’t do it.
They may overlook details
The prime reason is, they would have invested a lot of time in compiling the manuscript. So, to typeset it again is an added burden. Apart from this, writers after completing their manuscript can’t patiently wait throughout the process of getting it published as a book. Therefore, they may not be able to typeset it flawlessly.
The right software matters the most
In addition to overlooking prominent features, not all writers could be expected to have the required software to typeset their book.
Possess the knowledge of typesetting techniques
If you are that rare gem of a writer with the right software you need to typeset a book, then you can’t have mastered all the techniques of typesetting.
Your text is near and dear to your heart
And, even if you claim to be that one versatile writer, who possesses all the above-stated requirements, I will still deem you to be inappropriate to typeset your own piece of text.
This is because, being the writer you would have read,re-read, and chiseled your manuscript. So, you would always feel it is in perfect shape. To understand how your text looks you have to put yourself in your reader’s shoes.
Now, having explained a few reasons why a writer shouldn’t typeset their manuscript. I’m bound to let you know the smart way to get it done, just shift the responsibility to someone who would carry it out with utmost care.
Do the right thing in the right way
The right way is to look for a professional typesetter. You need a fresh pair of eyes that could let you know exactly how your text looks from a reader’s point of view. So, it is ideal to get a trained typesetter who will refashion your manuscript meticulously without altering its essence.
Thus, to arrange your text and images in a much appealing way, you must look for reputed typesetting services providing company. Only a notable company will have skilled typesetters with years of experience. This will in turn catalyst the process of publishing your manuscript as an ebook.
What is very important is, don’t jump the gun and publish your writing as soon as you have completed the last sentence of your manuscript. Therefore, as far as I’m concerned it’s advisable for any writer not to attempt to typeset their work. So, it’s high time you get your manuscript off that dusty shelf and publish it as an ebook. Keep in mind that prettiness without readability neither benefits the readers nor writers.
Be wise and get things done right!