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Book Publishing Post #4: Writers: Don’t Forget About The Importance Of Editing

Book Publishing Post #4So you’ve finished creating your masterpiece. That’s fabulous. You may think that all you have to do now is upload your book to the Kindle marketplace and start promoting. That’s not 100% true. You still have to edit your work.

One of the biggest mistakes an author can make is to publish a book they have edited themselves. Sounds harsh, but it is true. It is essential to hire an editor for your book so that you get the results that you want.

Your Reputation Is At Stake

If there are spelling, grammar, and formatting mistakes in your book you can absolutely bet that at least a dozen people will publically call you out. They will talk about it in your book reviews. They will reach out to you and tell you about the mistakes.

And those are not even the people that you want to worry about. What may concern you most are the people that do not say anything. The people that would have appreciated your information and value, your customers and readers, will doubt your information.

While the simple spelling and grammar errors may not seem like much, they do impact your credibility. If you are going to sell books, you want your readers to trust the information that you are sharing. You want them to turn to you for more information and resources.

You Willl Lose Sales

Another thing that can happen when your readers find errors is that they will return the book. Buyers of digital, audio, and print books can return them and they do. And digital book readers are particularly finicky. They expect digital books to be top quality.

If You Can’t Edit It Yourself, How Do You Edit It?

You might be wondering why you can’t edit it yourself – why your eyes aren’t good enough to find the mistakes. The truth is that you know your material so well that you are just going to miss mistakes. A fresh reader and someone that is a professional editor and knows what to look for and how to make it better, is the best approach.

You can find a number of professional readers available online. However, don’t just take their word for it that they are a great editor. Check references, ask for recommendations, and check into their experience. You don’t want to hire an editor, trust in their abilities, publish your book and then find out that they missed key mistakes.

Beta Readers

After editing and before you launch your book, ask a few trusted people to read your book. These readers are called beta readers. They can read your book not only for content but also for errors and clarity. Beta readers can also be the first folks to leave reviews once you publish your book.

Editing your book is the last step to take before you publish. You put a lot of time, energy, and money into creating your book, so it is important that the book represents you in the way you want to be represented. I offer editing services to authors. Please go to http://www.deannatroupe.com/editing-services-and-policies/ for more details.