I was into my sixties when I began writing. Most successful writers took half a lifetime to hone their craft. Us silver scribblers have less time to smooth out those wrinkles in our writing that identify an apprentice wordsmith.
This blog is about my own writing wrinkles. (You may prefer to call them laughter-lines but they won’t look funny in your self-published book.)
In February 2022 I started revisiting old blog posts with a view to culling before I ran out of free WordPress space. The original advice I gave on self-publishing on CreateSpace has become embarrassing, since – several books later – I can identify several errors and misapprehensions. These were mostly due to me not reading instructions properly (if at all – I’ve become used to not reading written instructions now they mostly come in pictures) and thinking I knew what I was doing. I’ve since learned that my best bet is to go with Amazon’s formatted template, reformat Styles as I want them, and copy my text in on that right-hand Word option in the context menu that copies text into the style of the paragraph you’re copying into.
True, this means you have to go through the story or chapter again to change headings and first paragraphs in a section to the correct Style, but it’s never a bad thing to go through a chapter yet again. I’ll always find something I’ve missed.
So… my previous advice posts on self-publishing will no longer be here, along with whatever other posts I delete as no longer relevant or correct.
I suspect culling will be a continuous process once I’ve started…