Self-publishing: hat #2

Every self-publisher wears six hats. Six. It’s not an option. That’s how it is.

  1. Writer
  2. Editor
  3. Graphics
  4. Technical Layout Designer
  5. Marketing
  6. Coordinator

Even if you plan to provide self-publishing services for others, you need to know the process. You need to wear six hats.

Hat #1: Writer

Hat #2: Editor

Spellchecking is not editing. It is just that. Spellchecking. That is something your computer does. Editing requires human interaction.

An editor ensures that your message flows. They fact-check for you. They know rules of writing like when to use specific characters and how to create them. If you don’t know the difference between a hyphen and an em dash and en dash, you need to hone your editing skills or hire an editor.

Add to the mix the fact that every field follows a specific style of formatting. That style has to be followed in every instance. The final product will be judged by your reader and by retailers debating over whether they should carry your book. If you are not familiar with the various style manuals and when to apply each one, you need to hire an editor.

If you didn’t know your word processing software can do this or if you have never seen this menu, then you need to attend my upcoming workshop, Learn to Self-Publish Like a Pro.

A good editor is your guide to safe travels. They can prevent you from making embarrassing mistakes.


“Great minds think alike” is a common quote. But, most people don’t know that is not the complete quote. The rest of it is, “…and Fools never differ.” You might want to think twice before using that quote as a compliment!


Six hats. One book. Let me show you how.

Next time …Hat #3: Graphics