When you’re writing a book to self-publish, writing the actual content is only the first step.
There’s lots to do to get your book ready to self-publish, but you don’t have to feel overwhelmed by it.
There are lots of tools and services available to help you get your book ready to publish that can make the process easier, which can not only prepare your book content, but can also ensure that your self-published book is as strong as you want it to be.
Here are some of the best tools you can use before self-publishing your book.
Grammarly is an online software that helps evaluate your writing for proper grammar and technicality. By using Grammarly, you can ensure that your common writing mistakes don’t keep people from wanting to read your story. One of the benefits of Grammarly is that you can use it to find trends in your grammar and punctuation mistakes so that you can strengthen your writing skills and avoid your common mistakes so that your overall writing is better. Of course, even when your writing strengthens, it’s a good idea to use Grammarly to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything in your self-editing process.
Along the same lines as Grammarly, Proofreadingpal is a service that uses two separate proofreading experts to examine your book content for grammar, technical, and other mistakes that should be fixed before you self-publish. Like Grammarly, this service will help find grammar and punctuation problems in your writing in order to make it stronger for your readers before you self-publish. One of the advantages of Proofreadingpal is that because it uses human proofreaders, rather than software and algorithms, it can detect problems with tense and sentence structure more easily than Grammarly, and the proofreaders will be able to determine whether a mistake is actually a mistake or whether it is a stylistic choice.
Once your content is ready, you have to make sure that it’s formatted correctly for self-publication, which is where Jutoh comes in. Jutoh was designed specifically for formatting e-books in all versions needed, which means you can use it no matter where you want to self-publish your book. In addition, Jutoh is easy to use, so you don’t have to be a graphic designer to learn the software. Even novice formatters can use Jutoh effectively before you’re ready to self-publish. Even better, once you have the software, you can use it for any and all books you intend to self-publish instead of paying for it every time you use it, like you would have to do if you hired a freelancer to format your content.
Even if you’re publishing an e-book, you need a book cover, which requires some design skills. DIY Book Covers is an online software designed by Derek Murphy, who is known for his book cover design skills. Through the software, you have control over what your book cover looks like giving you the freedom to make your book what you always dreamed it would be. People shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but they often do, so you have to make sure your book cover catches the eye of your reader.
Whether you need help with grammar, formatting, or designing your book cover, there are lots of tools available to help you get your book ready for self-publication. When you use these tools, you will help move your content from a draft to the finished product, and before you know it, your book will be available for readers everywhere.
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