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How NOT to edit

11 Mar

Good morning, my blog followers and a Happy Monday to you.

I was a bit surprised this morning. While researching some of the largest self-publishing complaints, I came across a blog written and maintained by a Book Shepherd. Imagine my surprise when he gave advice on how to save money within the editing process.

He advised to edit your own work. He also advised his readers that doing this would end up costing $0. Yep, $0. Okay yeah. He was right. It will cost you nothing, zero, zip, nada. You know what else? You will publish work with errors. Plain and simple.

Most writers know that editing your own work is a huge no-no. First, you stare at and read the work over and over. As a result, your eyes will begin to miss errors such as punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.

Second, you get what you pay for. You try to save in the editing process by spending $0 and you’ll almost assuredly get back $0 in return. It’s the old “Return on Investment” (ROI) terminology you’ve probably heard. You invest $0; you’ll get back $0 in return. Or worse yet, you’ll scar your reputation as an author and that can be really hard to rebuild.

Please listen to this advice if you listen to nothing else I say. Do NOT edit your own work. Have someone do this for you (preferably a professional) and trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Enjoy your Monday! (Evin – http://www.mrgurupublishing.com)

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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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