Why Self Publishing Authors Should Use Proof-readers
Self-publishing authors are faced with many challenges when it comes to publishing their work.
One of the most important steps in the publishing process is the proofreading stage. Proofreading is the process of reviewing a written work for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
So what are some of the benefits to using a proof-reader as a self- published author and why does it help to use someone who knows?
Improve the Quality Of Your Work
A proof-reader will not only check for spelling and grammatical errors, but also for consistency and coherence in your writing. They will also make suggestions for improvement, ensuring that your work is polished and professional.
This is particularly important for self-publishing authors, who may not have the same level of editorial support as traditional publish authors.
Enhance the Credibility of Your Work
Second, proofreading helps to enhance the credibility of your work. A book that is full of errors is likely to be perceived as unprofessional and may not be taken seriously by readers. By using a proof-reader, you can ensure that your book is of the highest quality and that readers will trust and respect it.
A Proofer Saves You Time and Effort
While it may be tempting to rely on automated spelling and grammar checkers, these tools are not always accurate. A human proof-reader will provide a more comprehensive review of your work, saving you from having to go back and make corrections later.
Avoid Embarrassment and Protect your Reputation
Proofreading helps to avoid embarrassing mistakes. It can be embarrassing to have your work published only to find out later that it contains errors. By using a proof-reader, you can avoid these embarrassing mistakes and ensure that your work is of the highest quality.
A well-written and well-proofread book is more likely to be recommended to others, increasing its popularity and helping to establish you as a credible author.
Because No One is Perfect
Here Cathy speaks from experience, as a proof-reader you would expect her book to be perfect and not need proofing right? Wrong.
As a writer you are as close to your text as it is possible to be and that can make you blind to the errors that others see and pick up on.
Cathy, luckily had Lucy to call upon (read about the team here) and for a LAST check of Cathy's published work, Lucy picked up 6 errors!
However confident you are in your own abilities and accuracy the chances are another pair of eyes will be invaluable to you.
At Harris English Services we proof fiction and non-fiction books for self published and published authors. We would love to talk to you about your book and how we can help make it shelf ready.
Contact us today to learn how we can help you.