To Hire or Not To Hire?…That is the Question.
Having proof read my own book myself, I highly recommend the services of an editor. Or at best, someone other than yourself. When it’s time to put it all together, if you can’t afford the services of an editor, don’t rely on your own currently stretched capabilities. Your brain is probably close to fried by this point and you won’t see the forest for the trees. I guarantee that you will overlook basic errors.
So either get an editor’s services or promise a few close friends a favour, if they proof read your manuscript and check for any spags. Basically get anyone you can wrangle in! Your partner, the kids…anybody! Once you’ve sent it to print it’s too late to right the ship until your next print run.
Editors play a vital role in the setting up the text element of your book so if you choose to do it all yourself, the buck stops with you. If a customer finds your book is full of typos, spags and badly executed punctuation, they not only won’t be reading it, but they surely won’t be recommending it to anyone either.
Don’t rely on making the one off sale. Aim to have your customer returning for multiple copies. Or perhaps recommending your book by word of mouth to others due to the fantastic impact it has made. Repeat sales and those based on word of mouth says your book is not only quality, but it has made a lasting impact and created a huge enjoyment factor. After all, gaining a bit of traction in the market via personal recommendations is one of the best forms of advertising you can get. People are often falling over themselves to insist a friend read something they loved, so don’t stuff up that first impression.
The book should be helping to sell itself, not working against you. Do it the biggest favour possible and edit your manuscript thoroughly. No matter whether you do it yourself or pay and expert.
The best time to complete the bulk of the process is usually once your initial manuscript is completed or saved onto a computer. Whilst other opportunities to edit make themselves available however, it makes good sense to get your edits done early on so you can concentrate on the layout of the pages.
Professional Editing Services
An in house editor is available for consult, should you desire any kind of editing services. If you are unfamiliar with formatting or don’t want to do your own, that service is available as well.
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