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I have a 50-page e-book in PDF, EPUB format. Is there any free platform for me to self-publish? Please write a platform that only accepts Visa debit cards. Can I sell?

Speaking as a professional editor, no, you cannot publish such a tome. Probably neither through traditional methods nor through electronic self-publishing. It’s just too big. Lots of people have already told you why. I want to tell you how to trim it down so that you might be able to publish. It won’t be a million words anymore, but it will be a salable book. I’m assuming you haven’t worked with a professional editor, because most of us would tell you that if JRR Tolkien had to bend to his publisher’s will and break up The Lord of the Rings into a trilogy (not to mention all of the back-story and explanations that had to be put in appendices or completely separate books), you probably do, too. As an editor, I can tell you that at least 90 percent of the books I’ve edited have required serious pruning. It’s not really the author’s fault; our schooling trains us to meet an arbitrary word count, so it becomes second nature to restate, to use fluffy constructions, and to pour on a healthy helping of adjectives. If this is your first draft, or even your second, and if it hasn’t been through at least one round with a competent developmental editor, I can guarantee you that the manuscript needs pruning and tightening. Here are some tips that I give to my authors. Anywhere you see the words “there was,” “there is,” or “there were,” you probably need to rework the passage. Consider the difference between There were three men who broke into the general store and Three men broke into the general store. [10 words vs. 7 words. And note how the changes improve the clarity of that sentence. ] Scrutinize your work for passive constructions. While passive voice is not always wrong (it can be used effectively for emphasis), it is overused; many of my authors have found that converting passive to active voice improves the flow and clarity of their story. (Compare the classic example A good time was had by all with the far clearer Everyone had a good time.) Be ruthless in excising adjectives. Especially “intensifying” words like very, really, extremely, and the like. Eliminate intensifiers by choosing a different word. — Marie was a very intelligent woman. vs. Marie was a brilliant scientist. [6 words vs. 5 words. And note. “Marie” is a woman’s name, so we don’t need to tell the reader that Marie is a woman. By dropping the gender identifier, we can include more information about Marie while decreasing the word count.] —The seas were very choppy and beat at the very small boat as it tossed to and fro in the very tall, very quick waves. vs. The choppy seas battered the tiny boat as it tossed among the towering, relentless waves. [25 words vs. 15 words] These are just a few of the things I share with my author clients when editing their manuscripts. My advice? First, prune the heck out of your manuscript. Be ruthless. Chop it in half. Then hire a competent developmental editor who can help you tighten, polish, and prune some more. Yes, it will cost you, and for a million words, it will cost you a lot. But it will pay off in the long run. No agent or acquisitions editor is going to look at a million-word first book. Very few readers would buy it, and I can’t think of any publishing venues equipped to publish it. But t will look at your tightly written, professionally polished manuscript when you’ve either trimmed it to under half a million words or figured out where the logical breaking points are for million-word series.

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