In an interview at emissourian.com, Clayton Smith offers his tips for self-publishing. He started up Dapper Press after self-publishing his first novel, Apocalypticon, a process he describes as a “dizzying amount of trial and error”.
Dapper Press offers three types of editing (developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading), cover design (ebook and paperback), book design/interior formatting, ebook conversion, and publishing consultations.
Self-publishing is, he says technically easy – but that is both a blessing and a curse. Writers need no longer be constrained by the publishing industry’s increasingly outdated business models, but the danger lies in the lack of quality control.
Bad book covers, poor editing and sloppy storytelling are will the hallmarks of the self-published author, but he adds that self-published books can be as professional and clean as any books published by the Big Five publishers.
Read the full interview here.
*The Big Five publishers are Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster