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Indie – Publishing: 411. Chat with Vania and KT– Editing/Betas

Hello Readers! How did you like the first chat? Pretty informative stuff right? Let’s keep going with today’s chat topic; Editing/Betas. Both are so important for a novel, especially for Indie publishers because it’s likely being done by the author themselves. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this chat! A useful book to add to your collection. Let’s get started:

Vania Margene Rheault
You’ve written Down to Sleep and it’s been slightly edited and with a couple betas. What has been your biggest surprise so far?

KT Daxon
My biggest surprise so far has to be that my Betas were able to finish it without wanting to throw it across the room. They enjoyed it, and to me that is HUGE. On the self-publishing side of things, I think I was a bit thrown off about how difficult doing everything yourself can be.

Vania Margene Rheault
Yeah, that is a rude awakening for sure! And as you can tell by some indie books out there, not everyone gets it right.What made you decide to beta? I’m thinking back to where I was at your stage of the game. I had written On the Corner of 1700 Hamilton and someone offered to beta for me. The feedback was less than thrilling. Then I had Jewel edit it for me. Those two people were the only eyes I had on it before I published.

KT Daxon

That’s another story I need to read …*scratches a note on my notepad*. I decided to Beta because someone told me I should. I didn’t think anyone would be interested, so I took a chance. Melissa and Shannon were wonderful. Both had different styles and gave me TONS of amazing feedback. My editor will be happy as she won’t be getting pure crap. Ha!

What are your thoughts on Betas? Pros? Cons?

Vania Margene Rheault

I say don’t let them have too much weight. If I had listened to my beta, half of 1700 would be missing. Just because they don’t like it doesn’t mean you need to take to heart everything they say. Do stay true to your work and vision because, at the end of the day, it’s your book and no one else’s.

What is the next step for you?

KT Daxon

That’s some good advice to carry with me as I move forward. I let what other people think dictate a lot of aspects of my life. But, this was my story in 2013, and it’s still my story today. As for what’s next, I’m currently editing the Beta suggestions. Picking and choosing what I think needs changed. I’m hoping to be done by the start of the 2nd week of January, and I’m trying to decide if I want to do another round of Betas or just shoot it to the editor…thoughts? How many rounds of Beta advice should one take?

Vania Margene Rheault

Probably that’s not best coming from me–Don’t Run Away, Chasing You and Running Scared won’t have any. So I would say do as many as you feel is necessary.

In the near future here, you have a lot you’re going to need to know. How are you preparing for that next step?

KT Daxon

A stiff drink? Haha. Kidding…though the thought does sound appealing. I’ve made myself a sponge. I accept advice when it’s given and I utilize the veteran’s in the writing community, such as yourself, for help. I’m dedicating the first weekend of the New Year to research on all aspects of self-publishing. Cover design, formatting (which scares me btw lol), ISBN’s, whatever I need to learn to publish this book, I’m soaking it up every way I can.
Any tips on what to tackle first?

Vania Margene Rheault
I read a lot of books when I first decided to self-publish. The two I read right off the bat were: How To Publish A Book This was one was instrumental in getting the lay of the land, so to speak, and the other one I told you about A Detailed Guide To Self-Publishing With Amazon.

While there is some outdated info in each, they both still have really important information in their own right.

The first one was given to me by someone who was taking publishing classes at our university in Moorhead. It was a textbook in their class.

KT Daxon
I intend to get the second one once payday hits. It looks like it’s an easy read.

Vania Margene Rheault

I would caution you though, and make sure you double check advice. What works for someone may not work for you. I read up on how to do it all myself, and while 1700 didn’t come out the best, at least I can say I learned what *not* to do. Fortunately, you know people have gone through it so you should have more help than I did.

KT Daxon
That’s true. It’s good for anyone to remember that advice isn’t someone holding a gun to your head telling you to change things or else, it’s just suggestions…helpful suggestions.

Vania Margene Rheault
Right. And everyone has a suggestion. LOL Okay, we’ll wrap up this chat for tonight! Thanks for hanging out with me!

Whew! I’m seriously a tiny bit overwhelmed. I’m supposed to be on a family vacation but instead, I WANNA WRITE! Okay, I’ll calm down. Join us next time as we do a very informative chat on ISBN numbers and how to get them, and why.

Happy Writing, Reading, and Creating!

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