…and I don’t mean glasses!
A proofreader or an editor can provide invaluable feedback on your work before it hits the public eye.
Self-publishing and Proofreading
Whether you’re aiming to self-publish a novel, a short-story collection or a work of non-fiction, it’s important to have someone look over your text first.
*According to a 2012 survey by the Digital Reader:
- 41% of self-publishers paid for a cover designer – the most popular form of paid help
- 29% paid for copy-editing
- 34% more profit is made by those who get help with story editing, copy-editing, proofreading and cover design
Printing and binding with a print service or publishing via an online platform like Amazon Kindle can be a great way to get your work out there, but printers will upload your text document without a glance at what’s inside. It’s their job to hit ‘go,’ not to check your manuscript for you.
A proofreader can pick out mistakes in your text, from grammatical errors, typing mistakes and inconsistencies to issues with spelling and punctuation. As fantastic as technology can be, even Word can’t help you decided whether you should be using ‘your’ or ‘you’re.’
Think you know better? Think again. Even proofreaders need proofreaders! When we write, we’re so busy concentrating on the words themselves that we can easily miss simple mistakes. A proofreader can look at your work with fresh eyes and a clean perspective, while you take a step back.
Don’t judge a book by its cover!
Cover design is important; the image we see on the front of a text influences our decision about whether or not to make a purchase. But how disappointing is it to buy a book which looks professional on the outside, only to discover spelling mistakes and errors inside? Ultimately, you will make more sales if your copy is of a high-standard, as the content is what garners good reviews and feedback, prompting more publicity.
The decision to self-publish is all about taking matters into your own hands and sending your work out for public engagement. Don’t skimp on a proofreader – it’s an important part of the self-publishing process which can ensure your final draft is work which you can be proud of.
For more, see my copywriting website.