Many self-publishing authors dread the editing process – a big mistake, as it might cost you not only readers, but your reputation as a writer. Sure, one of the highest expenses in book productions is the editing process. But there are ways to reduce these costs, especially for editors that charge their hours, instead of charging for words. First of all, let several other writers read your manuscript – they might see inconsistencies in the flow of your writing or major grammar errors, to get a more impartial view, etc. for example on Wattpad.com,
Author, editor and proofreader Darlene Williams wrote a great blog post for Karen Sanderson’s blog The Word Shark: “Many authors assert they are best qualified to copy edit and proofread their work, as they are most familiar with it. In fact, this is the reason an author is least qualified. Writers often fail to catch basic typographical errors, misused word, missing text, incorrect punctuation, and awkward sentences because they are too close to their manuscript.”
Darlene give’s authors three doable tasks what they can undertake to reduce editing costs:
- Firstly, run a spell check;
- Secondly, self-edit a minimum of two rounds; and
- Thirdly, ensure the manuscript is in the English version (US or UK) intended for publication.
“Your bank account and editor will thank you”, she says. Read more of her valuable information about manuscript editing at Karen Sanderson’s blog:
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