Indie Publishing Has Come a Long Way

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When the devil roamed these halls. Photo:

Cover Fabulous

A cover for your book would need to be made. You could do it yourself, or pay a professional.
If you wanted, you could choose one of the designs the ‘print on demand’ (POD) service had in storage.
They ranged from horrifyingly stretched stock images, to plain black.

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Back in those days, dozens or even hundreds of copies would be ordered by eager writers looking to make their mark on the world.


Once ordered, writers would wait eagerly by the front door for weeks on end, hoping to catch a glimpse of their creation.

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The second round of cuts would be made carefully.

Review copies

You knew the rules.

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The staring shelf

One copy, the very best one, goes onto the staring shelf.
The staring shelf is where the very best books live. The very best editions written by the very best authors.

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Choose your own adventure!


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Those were the days, dear reader

So the next time you’re cursing the day you first picked up a pen, remember us.

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