Do you want a few editing and proofreading tips for your next book?
You’d be surprised to know the difference between editing and proofreading.
I’m going to cover exactly what proofreading and editing skills are…
And how you need to know the difference before your next book launch.
First off, I’d like to know what your system is for proofreading and editing your books?
Do you hire out or do you edit and proofread your books in-house?
Or, do you skip these steps altogether?
Leave your open thoughts and questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best to address each one.
Editing and Proofreading Tips for the Self-Publishing
In my video 7 Self-Publishing Mistakes That Kill Your Business, one of the biggest issues plaguing the self-publishing industry is a lack of any real editing.
Admittedly, I made a bit of a blanketed statement on that issue.
Poor reviews on books typically come from outward errors and a complete lack of editing.
The fact is if you have a good system in place for editing and proofreading, then you can minimize mistakes in your self-published book.
Furthermore, editing and proofreading have specific roles in your self-publishing process…
And are deliberately placed in sequential order so you maximize the most out of each role.
What is Editing?
Editing focuses on how you present information and ideas.
Though editing includes the same qualities in proofreading, the purpose is to make your content easier to understand, better organized, and more suitable for the audience.
Rob at Archangel Ink stated it best in his video Should I Hire an Editor? when he said,
Editing is when you refine your language, clarify your message, and make sure your material is powerful, persuasive, and engaging.
A lot of revision and rewriting occur in the editing phases.
In fact, large publishing house companies put a book through 4-6 rounds of editing before the proofing process.
What is Proofreading?
Proofreading is the final critical step before you launching a book and after editing.
Grammarly.com explained proofreading best when they shared,
When the material…has been edited, laid out, and designed, the proofreader searches for typographical errors. The proofreader works with a facsimile of a finished product, or a proof (hence the term proofreading).
Proofreading is merely the process of making sure the product is show ready.
A good proofreader won’t suggest any major change…
They spot any minor text, formatting or layout errors.
Editing and Proofreading Tips You Can Use
Taking your book to a good editing and proofreading service is like taking your car to a full-service car wash.
Where editing your book is like getting the entire vehicle looking presentable and shiny…
Proofreading is like having your car detailed so it’s looking like a million bucks.
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Now, get out there and publish your books with these simple editing and proofreading tips, you savvy self-publisher you.
Till later, this has been Self-Publishing with Dale and I’ll talk to you guys soon.