One of the best investments you can make in any work you create is to properly edit it. If you are self-publishing an eBook, editing is necessary. It’s already hard enough to make a name for yourself as a self-published writer; any mistakes in your work can discredit you quickly.
Do the Initial Read-through
Before you have someone else read your eBook, it’s important to read it yourself, thoroughly. Be sure to pay attention to continuity, grammar, characterization, and content. You are the author, and you must ensure that your message which you want to publish is clear and understandable. It’s easy to assume your first draft is fine, but that is rarely the case. There will certainly be some parts that need revision.
Use Online Editing Tools
There are many resources that you can take advantage of. There are online self-publishing tools that assist in the editing process; be sure to locate the tools that are right for you, and use them to your advantage. The tools you use can make your eBook a well written piece of literature. Don’t forget about this simple and useful resource.
Have a Friend Read It
Once you have read your eBook and are pleased with the final product, have a trusted friend read it. Your friend should give you constructive feedback that will further enhance the success of your eBook. Have them take notes, ask questions, and review it thoroughly. Be sure to keep your emotions in check; you have asked for help, and there might be some revisions to be made after your friend reads the eBook. Your friend will act as a second pair of eyes to give you honest feedback.
Do a Peer Review with Multiple Editors
Once you and a friend have read and edited your book, be sure to take this process to the next level. Have your peers read and edit your eBook. This takes your work to the next level of professionalism. Other writers will notice things that weren’t caught earlier. This will help your final product and encourage success. Readers do not want to catch mistakes, and the only way to avoid this is by editing your work several times. At this point in your editing process, there should be at least five people that edit it, excluding yourself. This ensures that the content has been reviewed by several individuals, lowering the likelihood of mistakes.
Hire a Professional
Finally, consider hiring a professional. Yes, you have had other authors and friends read your book, and they have pointed out all the editing it needs, but they aren’t professionals. If you’re serious about your eBook, you must be willing to invest in it. A professional will cost money, but an eBook is an investment, and a professional editor is the best person to make sure it’s properly edited. They may change elements, but this is to make sure that your final product is fit for publication. They also bring more knowledge and expertise to the table than a friend
Though editing an eBook is the last step before publication, it surely is one of the most important steps. You want readers to view you as a professional writer. Ensuring that there are no mistakes is one of the best ways for your audience to view you as such. An eBook with no mistakes also allows the reader to focus on the content instead of being distracted by errors. This will allow you to build an audience base who will most likely consider purchasing future eBooks you publish.