THE GROWING WRITER | Editing by Paulette Harper

A word of caution when deciding to get someone to edit or proofread your book: Don’t get your mother, friend, or sister to edit your book unless they are professional editors!

When it comes to editing your book, you should not cut any corners. A professional-looking book should have the expertise of a professional editor. If you decide to self-publish, don’t get just anyone to edit your book. Meaning, you should hire several editors to look over your book thoroughly before it goes to print.  If you are going to invest your time, energy, and money into your book, then by all means, invest a good portion of your money into editing.

Over the years of reviewing books, I haven’t seen too many that were poorly edited; but I did see one in particular.  Because the grammar, sentence structure, and layout of the book were “POORLY” done, I refused to give a book review.

I could not get passed looking at the misspelled words; words that should have been capitalized were not; and there were missing words in sentences. I couldn’t understand how anyone would spend their time, energy, and money on a product that could not be read or understood.

If you are serious about writing, it will be evident in your writing and the finished product. Don’t rush through this process for the sole purpose of getting a book released. Take your time! A self-published book does not have to look like it was self-published.

What did I do with that book that I described above? I threw it away. Yes, I did! No sense in keeping something that I couldn’t read.  If you are an aspiring writer, you may not know there are different types of editing services.  Each type should be considered when you are looking for a profession person to edit your book.  Here are a few types of editing to consider.

Content editors- BOLD FACE CONTENT EDITORS When you hire a content editor, their job is to take the manuscript written by an author, and polish the work into a finished book. They correct grammar, spelling, and style and check all the facts. They make sure the book reads well, and suggest changes to the author if it does not.

Copy editors help polish the author’s writing. They review each page, and make the changes required to give the book a good writing style.

Proofreading is the last stage of editing. It is a final check of the manuscript to make sure that no mistakes have slipped through or been introduced if the layout has changed.

Copyediting (or line-by-line editing) can cover a broad range of corrections and suggestions. A basic copyedit may include: making sure material is logical and understandable, correcting continuity problems, making sure sources are cited for all statistics and quotations, and flagging inaccuracies and inconsistencies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paulette Harper’s book That Was Then, This Is Now became a best seller and achieved national recognition by being awarded a  finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie book award and ranked consecutively on the BCNN1/BCBC National Independent Publishers Bestsellers List (Non-Fiction).

Paulette is the visionary behind Write Now! Workshop Write Now! is a comprehensive workshop designed for those with a desire to write in the genre of Christian inspirational fiction, poetry, or non-fiction books. In these workshops, you will learn more about the process of writing, marketing and selling geared toward readers of Christian Literature.

As a writing coach, Paulette offers one-on-one consultation services for aspiring writers and new authors who are seeking additional information regarding marketing and promoting.

To schedule Paulette Harper for a book club meeting, interview, book signing, speaking engagement, workshop, seminar, or other appearance, please contact her at :info@pauletteharper.com. 

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