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Hi Guys,

I was hoping I could get some realistic advice. I'm a newbie author and have written my first book. I have done seven revisions so far. Including one with Pro Writing Aid and one with Grammarly. I'm aware that most people say software alone is not enough for a full edit/proof read, so I am now in a position where I would like to get advice from you guys. I need to get a book cover done and I'm very keen on getting a trailer made for the book. Now, if I include an edit and a proof read I'm at about £350/£400 roughly from the services I've seen. Then I need to seriously consider advertising, which I'm aware can be very costly with no guaranteed results. I'll explain my situation, this is my first book. It's a stand alone novel. I could potentially write a trilogy but as it stands I have no plans to do this as that wasn't the initial intention. Honestly, this book was me just trying a new creative avenue. I can't say if I'll write another book. I work full time. So I can afford the services I'm looking at. However, I don't want to spend all this money with no kind of recoupment. I'm very aware that stand alone novels struggle to sell, especially with advertising. So I have some questions in regards to self publishing:

1. Considering my circumstances, do you think I should pay for the proof read and editing services?
2. Should I pay for advertising?

I do truly believe in the storyline of my book, so I would like to give it the best chance possible, but I have to accept I may have an unconscious bias. I will also add that my book is urban fiction (not my choice of term) which I am aware is a small, niche, genre so advertising may turn out to be quite cheap and effective. I like to think that my general spelling and grammar is decent, but I'm not going to delude myself into thinking it's going to be professional enough for a book as I have no qualifications in English literature etc. Do a lot of authors on here proofread and edit their own work? For the record, I am taking the book seriously. The reason I'm apprehensive about spending money on it is because I used to make music which was something I spent a lot of money on over a number of years and made no return so I'm just cautious of putting myself back in the same situation as I have a child now. I'm willing to lose a bit of money if it means people are reading my work as that's the ultimate goal but I would hate to be spending £1K plus on this with no money earned back and still not really getting any sales due to having no advertising experience and not doing my campaign right. Any advice appreciated, sorry for the essay.
 

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First and foremost, thank you for the heart warming welcomes and advice posted. I really appreciate it. Yes, the services I'm looking at are on the cheap side. The main reason being is that from all the research I've done, I'm quite aware that trying to get a single book successful from a debut author in this day and age (no matter how good the book is) is like trying to win the lottery, which makes me apprehensive about splurging too much on the book as I'm cautious that the odds are not in my favour of this book doing well, so I'm trying limit my losses, basically. I guess this is a bit of a loser mentality, but after doing music for years and not really getting anything from it, my mentality is skewed. So another question, in my position:

1. In my position, is it better to do KDP select?
2. Should I sell my book for free, 0.99 or more?
3. I noticed book formatting mentioned, what is that? Is it making the book format to be read on kindles/tablets etc?

I think I should get a good few sales off my work colleagues so that will give me a good start but I couldn't say a solid number. I wanted to sell the book a bit higher (say, 2.99) to help recoup expenses but will that put off potential readers/buyers? I'll post my blurb to get some critique shortly. I'm not sure if I should start a new thread or just put it in here. Thanks again guys.
 

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Once again, thanks for the continued helpful responses. OK, so I think I'll go with the advice given and go with KDP Select. I've also done some research and found some critique forums, so I'll post a chapter or two on there to get feedback on the general flow of my writing/grammar/storytelling. Thanks for the website with the free course/handbook to read, also. I'll sink my teeth into that over the next couple of weeks to get as prepared as possible. Following advice posted, I'll create my own trailer and use that (if good enough) and use that money elsewhere. I'll put my blurb up shortly to get some feedback. I like to think that as this is my first book and writing stories isn't my forte, that I'll be able to step back as advised and accept good critique and acknowledge my flaws. Hopefully, my unconscious bias/bruised ego won't get in the way of that. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the thread. Much appreciated, and good luck to all you guys with your books. I hope we can all have some sort of success from our work.
 
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