This may seem obvious, but this is really important. Your book needs to be good, not perfect, but good. My first book was definitely not perfect. It had typos and other issues, but it was a lot better than the first draft.
Please, I beg you. Do not finish your rough draft and say, “This is perfect. Now I just have to upload this to Amazon and it’ll be a snap.”
Your rough draft may be good, or great, but there is a reason that it’s called a rough draft. They are usually rife with problems. Mine certainly was! At the end of the first draft I had about 29,000 words, by the time the book was finished, it was slightly over 45,000 words long! I added acknowledgements, a table of contents, and bibliography, but still, that’s a large difference in word count.
If possible have another person look at…
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