Editing is an investment in time and/or money, but one of the best investments you can make regarding your book's success. A book filled with typos and grammatical errors will most likely result in poor reviews. In this lesson, we cover many strategies for editing, both free and paid.
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Editing is a very important part of the self-publishing process, since self-publishing does not generally have the stringent processes used by publishing houses.
There are do-it-yourself and paid options.
When you are proofing your book, read the text out loud.
Have the computer read your book back to you.
Ask 10 friends, family members, and/or colleagues to proof your book.
Pay a professional edit to edit your book.
If doing print on demand, get just as many as you need for the first run. Correct any errors, submit the new art, then the next printing will have many fewer errors.
There is not one correct rule book for grammar in the English language, so your style may clash with the editor. Just remember it is your book, and you are paying the editor for her advice.
Start with an ebook, then move to print on demand once you are confident that virtually all of the errors have been addressed.
This assignment is for students with the instructor-evaluated course option.
Proof read one page from your book and correct all the mistakes you can find. Then, upload either (a) just that page, (b) an image of the page, or (c) your whole book and note which page you proofed. The instructor will then proof the page as well and give you feedback on the quality of editing/proofing. Do not be discouraged if mistakes are found!
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