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The importance of proofreading and editing your book before publication

14 December 2020

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While a good place to start, you’ll probably discover when writing your manuscript that the spell checker function of your chosen word processor may not be the most reliable or accurate. That’s where proofreading and editing come in, two vital parts of the book writing process that are often not given the praise they deserve.

Whether you are new to book writing or you have a few titles under your belt, negotiating the world of editing and proofreading isn’t easy. Thankfully, we’re here to help with both to create and publish the book you envisaged. Read on to discover the importance of proofreading and editing your book before publication…

Go through everything with a fine-tooth comb

Proofreading should be completed several times at various stages before your book is published. It involves careful checking for misspelled words, misplaced punctuation, writing style inconsistencies and other errors. Formatting, such as page numbers and line spacing, will also be refined during proofreading.

Whilst mentioned in the same breath, editing is an altogether different process. Editing involves moving, adding or deleting, with individual words, sentences, paragraphs or even entire sections revised to enhance the flow of the story.

When combined, proofreading and editing can unlock a refined end product that will be better received by your target audience.

Communicate your message more clearly

A great book is more than just a well written manuscript. Communicating the right message to your audience is the key to taking your book from bog-standard to bestseller.

Through our professional proofreading and editing service, you can successfully and succinctly communicate your message to your readers to give your manuscript a polished edge and unlock your book’s potential.

Improve the flow and readability of your story

A poorly written manuscript is likely to fall on deaf ears, and as a result, not receive the rave reviews it deserves. By using editing and proofreading, you can improve the flow of the story to make it easier for your readers to digest.

If you have a particular writing style, this can be further enhanced with proofreading and editing to ensure the inconsistencies that disrupt the flow of your manuscript can be kept to a minimum.

Make your manuscript as precise as possible

For authors looking to include statistics, research and factual information in their manuscript, professional editing is essential. During the editing process, all sources will be verified to ensure your manuscript is precise.

Our experienced editors will undertake a structural edit of your manuscript highlighting areas that need clarification with further research where necessary.

For further information about our proofreading and editing services, please click here. You can also contact us to discuss our editorial, marketing and self-publishing services.

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