Abandon - Stephanie Dorman – Mistakes in Beginner Writers
Annalise never thought she’d live to see the apocalypse, but after the 2012 election she finds herself in a world that is falling apart. Riots are occurring everywhere and when her ex-boyfriend Cort texts her with an escape plan, she accepts the invite and follows him to the mountains of Western Maryland.
Once they make it to their destination though, everything is not as it seems. The power has gone out, cell phone service is non-existent, and the six friends find themselves trapped in a vacation home with no way to discover what is going on elsewhere in the United States.
Turns out, they might not really want to know after all…
What are the mistakes you see in beginner writers?
by Stephanie Dorman
Ahhh, mistakes that beginning writer makes. Let me tell you this, that I suppose in a way I am a beginning writer. This is after-all my first novel. So far, I don’t think that I’ve made any major mistakes that will sink my book. I had it edited by other authors that I know, and I designed a pretty snazzy book cover. I spent hours on formatting to make all my ebooks readable, and I spent even more time marketing the book.
I think the biggest regret I have publishing Abandon was not hiring an actual copy editor. While I love, respect and am ever so thankful for the people who did edit my book, I all had some sort of pre-existing relationship with them. I really should have had someone who had no relation to me other than being hired to make my work the best possible book possible.
If I had it to do over again, I’m not sure that I’d do it any differently because editors cost money. Money that I don’t necessarily have right now because I’m in my late 20’s, live in one of the most expensive areas of the United States, and like to do so comfortably. The beauty of releasing an ebook is that you have the ability to upload second and third editions with very little effort. As such, my plan has always been to take any money that I make from this book to reinvest in the series as a whole.
The second one will be professional edited, and who knows, maybe I’ll have them go back and do the first one with it and re-release it. That’s the greatest thing about self-publishing your own novel, you can correct those mistakes pretty easily.