Lady S speaks: Chapter 5

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It might seem to be a walk in the park, but editing as well formatting books is tough. Not only does it consume a lot of time, but it also demands a great command over the English language. Fact-checking is also an a crucial part of the game.

It is for this reason that it had taken nearly three months for the final version of my book to crystallise. But, the job was far from done.

Writing books and publishing them are two different processes. While the former requires you to be innovative and excited, the latter needs business expertise.

Sure, good books sell. The fact is, a book is granted the status of a ‘worthwhile read’ only when the world knows it is available.

Thus, began my hunt for the perfect publisher. There is, however, one part of publishing that many fail to reveal – rejection. More often than expected, manuscripts are rejected by publishers owing to the book’s poor sale prospects. If you are lucky, some offer you a fair chance and are willing to invest in you. Else, it remains a shelved-work of joy.

Fortunately, technology has proven to be bane in this space. While many seem to adore the smell of freshly printed books and unique ‘feel’ of paper, Amazon’s Kindle and similar platforms have offered readers many interesting alternatives. Soon, I resorted to the most cost-effective way of publishing my stories.

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