Good reasons for a self-published author to use a proofreader (like avoiding embarrassing mistakes)

Around 300 million self-published books are sold each year. This is up nearly 265% between 2018 and 2023.  Hardly surprising, given that there are now only five major publishers putting out books in English.

Self-publishing has become a popular option, allowing authors to bypass the traditional publishing process and have more control over their work. With the rise of digital platforms such as Amazon, authors can reach a wide audience without the need for a publishing contract. Why wouldn’t you self-publish your book?

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There are some great guides to self-publishing. One I highly recommend for non-fiction authors is Anna Feathersone’s Look – It’s Your Book!. But with self-publishing becoming more accessible, many authors may be tempted to skip a crucial step in the publishing process: professional proofreading. It’s the last step before publication, by which time you will have read your book so many times that you will easily overlook errors. You may think you can’t afford it, but really you can’t afford not to. (We probably charge less than you think.)

What is proofreading?

You want to present your best work to the world. Proofreading is the process of carefully reviewing a written work for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation and for consistency. Here are a few reasons why self-published authors should have their books proofread by a professional before they hit the publish button.

1. Proofreaders are skilled and experienced professionals.

I have a postgraduate diploma in editing and publishing. We don’t make this stuff up. An experienced proofreader will catch any mistakes an author may have missed. As writers, we can often become blind to our own errors. A fresh pair of eyes can make all the difference in catching typos or grammatical errors.

2. A professional proofreader can improve the overall quality of your book.

We can suggest better sentence structure, word choice and flow, making the book more readable and  enjoyable for readers.

3. We bring credibility to an author and their work.

Readers may be turned off by a book riddled with mistakes. A polished, error-free book can help make a  positive first impression and build trust with readers. Many authors who have self-published their first book have gone on to be published by big-name publishers ­– worth it for their marketing ability if nothing else!

So while self-publishing gives authors more freedom and control over their work, it is crucial not to skip the important step of professional proofreading. This small investment can make a significant difference in the quality and credibility of a book. This means more satisfied readers, better reviews and potentially better sales. So take the time and effort to have your book proofread by a professional. Your readers (and your bank account) will thank you for it.

If you’re looking for a proofreader with lots of experience (and a few tales to tell about the embarrassing mistakes they’ve spotted), contact me.

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