"Avid readers notice mistakes, and it affects whether they want to
finish your book, review it or buy another one in the future. "
Fresh Eyes For Authors
by Sandy Penny
I just launched a new blog today, Fresh Eyes Proofing. I have been a writer, editor, proofreader and graphic designer for more years than I'd like to reveal, so I'd like to offer a perspective on proofing.
I read dozens of books a month for my Sweet Mystery Books website to review and help promote independently published authors. Unfortunately for those authors, I find so many errors in the books that unless I am just blown away by the rest of the novel, I don't review them. I do, however, let the author know that I was distracted from the story by the poor proofing. Until today, I was not promoting the fact that I can proof their final manuscripts and save them the embarrassment of publishing those mistakes and sometimes the additional cost of fixing them after publishing. This is especially important for printed books.
Typos, wrong words, missing words, and misspelled words jump out at me like a Jack-in-the-Box. I hate it when something I write has errors, and just as it happens to others, it happens to me. Every author starts to lose focus after going through the same material repeatedly. And, once you make a few edits, the likelihood that words are missing, or tenses no longer match, or something has been repeated is almost inevitable. That's why I'm offering to be a final proofreader, to be YOUR fresh eyes just before publishing.
Even if you have an editor and several early readers, you still need fresh eyes at the end of the project. Every writer needs a proofreader. When I was writing for the corporate world, we had designated proofreaders that read every draft after changes were made. And we rotated the person we used so that no one became jaded.
If you want to successfully market your self-published novel, it needs to be as perfect as possible.
Avid readers notice mistakes, and it affects whether they want to finish your book, review it or buy another one in the future.All those decisions affect your bottom line and acceptance as a professional. This is particularly important if you plan to write a series of books. The first book will set the tone and expectations of readers. It's like a first date; you want to make the best possible impression, or there may not be a second date.
And, if I like your work, after proofing it, I have lots of avenues to help promote it, and I do that as a matter of course. The Sweet Mystery Books site was launched because I was helping an author promote her novel, and many of the mystery book marketing sites would not accept self-published novels for promotion. I felt I could help her and other indie authors while building a little book-selling business as an Amazon affiliate. I've met some wonderful authors, and I try to encourage anyone who has had the tenacity to complete a novel. I do not post bad reviews. I just don't review them.
If you'd like to know more about my services, click here.
For another blog post about proofing, click here.