Why an Indie Author Must Hire a Proofreader
“Struggling with the decision to hire a proofreader?
“It seems like it should be a no-brainer. After all, who can possibly write a novel while they’re busy checking grammar, punctuation, and spelling? Certainly, not me. But as indie authors, we’re on a tight budget. So, is this really where we need to put our money? After all, how many mistakes can you really have in one little book?”
I’ve gotten used to the fact that as a writer, I’m the worst person in the world to search for errors in my own work. I can’t see the forest for the trees because I’m seeing the forest (the story) so clearly that details such as misspelled words and incorrectly capitalized names just disappear.
Those mistakes can hurt your book because most of us grew up with professionally published books from BIG PUBLISHERS where editors, copy editors and proofreaders swarm over every syllable of the manuscript before it gets to the reader. It’s impossible to replicate all the supporting talent if you’re a one-man or a one-woman show.
P.S. A note on terminology: copy editors edit copy, which is another word for your manuscript. Then, whether you’re using offset printing or publishing an e-book via Kindle, the formatted (or typeset) material is what the proofreader looks at. A proof is a copy of the manuscript as it will look on the page or the screen once it’s published.