Indie authors are gaining more respect and their books are being viewed as quality reads. If they edit it! Trade publishing houses go through several rounds of edit. If you want to compete, you need to get your manuscript edited by someone who is an expert in this field – not just your friend, neighbour, etc.
Did you know numbers one to nine should be written out as words, 10+ should be numbers, except for – too many variables to cover here! But a qualified editor would know. Why is it important? For example, who cares how numbers are written?? Your reader does. Because the rules of grammar and communication facilitate the flow of the text, smoothing out the read, helping your audience readily identify information.
Ever been reading a book and had to go back and re-read a passage several times? Our editor calls this cluttered text. An editor can help you with these passages, something that causes you to get stuck can cause your readers to get stuck too – helping you find the right words to get across exactly what you want your reader to hear, see, feel, understand.
Expert editing and proofreading can help with the professionalism of your manuscript, and save time and money spent on corrections after publication. For example, our editors can help with:
- Stylistic Editing: Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language, consistency in such as terms, review heading levels.
- Copy Editing: Review of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style.
- Proofreading: Checking proof of formatted, edited material for minor mechanical errors in copy.
Editors Association of Canada provides five good reasons to hire an editor and say that the bottom line is “An editor can make your lives easier.” We think it can also help your book’s bottom line by saving on rework, enhancing the reader experience so perhaps they recommend your book to others, making sure that your book is credible so you can charge a market-driven price.0