You’ve done it! You’ve made the decision to write a book. You wrote the outline. You did the research. You wrote – oh how much you wrote! You proofread. Now, it is time to find a book editor.
Self-publishing is a new opportunity that gives publishing houses nightmares, and rightly so. Let’s face it, how many of us would ever get our books published if we had to go the traditional route? Did you know that Sylvester Stallone could not find a company to produce his first Rocky movie? Likewise, many now-famous authors were first rejected by publishers: Agatha Christie is the highest selling author of all time, second only to William Shakespeare, but she was rejected for 5 years before landing a publishing deal.
More recently J.K. Rowling faced the same rejection for what is now one of the biggest selling franchises, none other than Harry Potter. And Dr. Seuss, who has more than 300 million sales, and is the 9th best-selling fiction writer of all times, was also rejected at first. The list goes on and it goes to show that many of us have great stories inside of us that, without self-publishing, would never be shared.
Where am I going with this? We’re still talking about how you can find a book editor, right? Indeed! We’ll show you how to find a book editor in a jiffy.
One of the main draws of self-publishing, and ebooks in particular, is the significantly reduced cost to getting your book on the virtual shelves.
Print-on-Demand and the significantly lower marketing costs are major pull-factors for first-time authors who want to break into the market. It makes it absolutely worth your while to use an ebook conversion service to help you with the technical aspects of creating an ebook.
Everything seems easy and cost-effective, until you’re you find a book editor who recommends that your ebook be proof-read or edited.
What the what?! That’s the standard reaction of writers receiving an editing quote. Why is book editing so expensive? You might consider all the late night hours that you sat at your PC, painstakingly writing your eBook. What does an editor know, other than fixing typos anyway? Besides, you’re an AUTHOR. You can SPELL. You’ve written a BOOK, and now you want it published. Ain’t nobody got time for proofreading and editing! Let’s get that book on Kindle, pronto!
“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.”
– Patricia Fuller
Why Every Author Should Find a Book Editor
Forbes.com recently published a blog post about the quality of eBooks, and attributed the fact that so many eBooks are riddled with typos to the following: “And the reason for so many typos here is that almost no self-publishers are passing their work under the nose of a professional editor.”
Now, this is not a slant on you, the writer. The truth is that most editors have not published a book of their own, for one of two reasons
- They don’t have time to write it.
- They are too critical of their own work to complete it.
And there’s the crux of the matter: Nobody can sub-edit their own work. It’s simply not possible. A writer’s eyes skip over his or her own mistakes, causing them to miss crucial mistakes that affect the readability of a piece.
Find a Book Editor So As to Not Miss the Following Issues
Book editors are trained to pick up subtle nuances, mistakes and style issues in written text. They follow strict writing style-guides that best match your own unique style, to ensure that your writing is as captivating as your story.
Spellos & Typos, Grammatical Errors
Of course you can run spell-check – it is a handy tool. However, as an editor, I can tell you now that out of every 10 books or pieces that I edit, perhaps one is halfway spell-checked. Apart from the effort that goes into spell-check, there is the matter of regional dialects and differences in spelling. Even with the correct language settings on your word processor, some mistakes will still be overlooked, as it is only a machine.
Depending on your target market, your editor will use the correct language.
Grammatical issues such as its / it’s and incorrect word use almost always goes unnoticed in our own work.
Sentence Structure & Wordiness
Every single book that we edit, contains several incomplete sentences. Sentence structure seems like such a complicated concept, but book editors know how to pick up on it by reading attentively, something writers don’t do when revising their own books.
But there’s more to sentence structure. See, there’s an incomplete sentence right there. Did you pick up on it?(Did you notice the issue with the period in that same sentence?)
If your sentences are not formed correctly, the reader’s experience is negatively impacted and your story is lost. Do you read James Patterson’s novels? Then you would know that less is more. His chapters are two pages on average, his sentences short and to-the-point, but each word captivates and engages the reader.
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
– Dr. Seuss
Of course you’re an expert on your topic – it goes without saying. However, we live in the information age and people want proof. Just because you know it to be a fact, is not enough to convince a critical audience. Find a book editor to help build your authority.
Find a book editor who is also an expert researcher, you can rest assured that your ebook is not only factually correct, but that your facts are proven by legitimate sources. This is particularly important for self-help books or medical pieces.
As you can see, there’s much more to proofreading and editing than just checking for spelling mistakes or typos. Struggling to find a book editor who understands your writing style? Let the Editing Queen do a free sample edit for you.