NeoLeaf Press: You are currently re-releasing one of your books. What made you decide to do this?
Cassandra: Well, the easy answer is errors. Learning how to publish is a hard process. I thought if I hired a good editor that would be enough to get it ready to publish. For people who don’t know, I am now the Marketing and Author Relations Manager for NeoLeaf Press. I brought my books to NeoLeaf because there was too much I couldn’t do alone. I still had to go through the vetting process and be accepted. The best part is after getting accepted, I got a whole new round of editing. OHHH MY, the errors.
NeoLeaf Press: Do you believe there is a way around this to get your book prepared for submission?
Cassandra: Maybe. If you hire an editor, it’s hard to know what quality of work they do. Get reviews, recommendations, and even examples if you can. Also, don’t go for the most expensive you find. I feel it’s almost better to get multiple cheaper ones so that you get more eyes on your piece.
NeoLeaf Press: Did you get beta readers before you decided to publish?
Cassandra: Yes, but not enough. I feel a lot of problems could have been fixed by having more initial eyes on it. I’d say get at least five. Make sure they are from different backgrounds.
NeoLeaf Press: What is your best advice for new authors?
Cassandra: Don’t give up. Practice daily. Get out there and join groups. It’s going to suck for a while and so will your writing until you get better. Learn everything you can about writing. And biggest of all, DON’T edit your own work.