I'm encountering more and more people these days who aren't clear about or being properly informed of the publishing process and journey. It's very disheartening because publishing is such a great experience and one that should be enjoyed while you learn as you go. Sadly, there are too many people not enjoying it because they're not being taught properly, so they're putting out work that's not their best. This is especially sad for first-time authors whose reputations get tarnished early on because their product is subpar.
I wrote the post below to help
people get a better understanding of the responsibility that comes with
publishing. If you're a writer who's planning to publish, then please
take the time to read it. Don't be like me and make costly mistakes
you'll regret later. This is why I'm a literary consultant as well as
editor. The whole process is vital, and it's often not respected, even
when its importance is made clear to authors. Respect the craft and do
it right, or don't do it at all.