How To Self Edit And Proofread Your Book

How To Self Edit And Proofread Your Book

Proofread your book yourself, but take care Self-publishing may be an inexpensive way to publish a book, but without thorough proofreading and good editing it can turn out to be an embarrassing disaster. Engaging reliable and professional proofreaders and editors, while a wise move, is far from inexpensive. Charges range considerably, but at say $0.02 per word for proofreading and $0.03 and upwards for editing, it doesn’t take applied mathematics to discover that for a 100,000-word novel you are looking at a sum in excess of $2,000. While there is just no escaping the absolute necessity of having an independent pair of eyes, at least, by proofreading your book before publishing, you can

Your Final Draft Is Unacceptable

Your Final Draft Is Unacceptable

After weeks, months or years, you have finally finished the last draft of your book. No doubt you have spent hours upon hours checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, plot errors as well as fixing formatting and style problems. You have probably read your final draft so many times by now that you are sick to death of it, but finally, you know it’s perfect and you’re ready to publish your new book. NO!  STOP! DO NOT HIT THE PUBLISH BUTTON! No matter what your level of expertise in writing, or your depth of acumen in English grammar and lexis, there is just no way on this planet that your manuscript is

Can You Spot Bad Spelling?

Can You Spot Bad Spelling?

When is spelling, bad spelling? I read an Amazon Kindle review recently, which made a point of criticising a book for its bad spelling mistakes. The review was less than complimentary, and I immediately classified it as one written by one of the infamous one-star troll reviewers, who unfortunately still inhabit Kindle reviews. However, when I checked the preview read, I couldn’t find any spelling errors at all. But then the penny dropped. The book was written in British English and therefore used British spelling. It took me a little while, but I found a few more troll reviews that mentioned ‘awful or bad spelling’ or ‘riddled with bad spelling mistakes’,

Writer’s Nightmare

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I was struggling for ideas today as I sat down to write this blog post. Normally I have a head full of ideas, but for some reason, this morning my mind was totally blank. So I did the only thing a writer can could possibly do. I looked for an idea to steal. Starting with the news, sports results and then finally a read through some of my favourite blogs. I came to this story by Glynis, whose blog is one of my regular reads. So I have to thank her for todays inspiration. I am currently writing my fourth book and having a wonderful time. Basically projectile vomiting words