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on 25 September 2013
First off, this is not a "How to", but is a good kick up the backside as to why you should. If you've already failed the scenic route, agents and publishers all rejecting you, then perhaps you should try the alternative. Guaghran writes well in an informative manner but you will still have to do the hard work yourself.
One thing I disagree with is paying for an editor up to $2,000 a time. If I had that kind of money to throw around why would I need to write for profit? Apart from that I've read many a book with some incredibly funny typoes or spelling errors so the editor did not do the job right anyway. Get family and friends to read your work. As long as they tell you what's wrong you can put it right. If you do write then you're probably a reader so you can go through and edit yourself.
A couple of things you should take note of. Even if you do get a deal, the advance is probably all the money you will ever see as a new author and you lose the rights to republish for some time. If you do self-publish electronically there is no stock to keep track of and your back catalogue can be on sale for as long as you want.
Finally, no advice is any good unless you have something to sell. Being an author is about writing, selling will follow if what you do is any good.