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The responsibility of working on someone else’s novel

That’s what I’m currently doing. Or would be if I wasn’t writing this quick blog about how I’m working on someone’s work.

That someone is Stewart Hotston, partner-in-crime with regard to Alternative Realities Publishing, and his work is A Family War, a hard sci-fi novel about which you can find out more by looking at his blog.

The responsibility I’m referring to is that of formatting it for publishing in both paperback (POD) and e-book. It’s a small responsibility, but one which is key to getting his novel out there and published.

Getting this sort of thing right is absolutely key to a book’s success (aside from good writing etc). Quite simply, if a book’s filled with piss-poor formatting errors, is badly laid out, hard to read and therefore a shitty experience, the author is going to be panned and Amazon flooded with numerous one-star reviews. None of which will actually be about the story.

So, for Stewart’s sake, I’m going to do my damnedest to ensure that no-one has any reason to complain.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7.


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