There is no way around it. Having your book properly edited is very critical to
the presentation and acceptance of your book.
When writing your book, your computer's spell checker is really your best friend, so select a
very good one. You always want to do a spell-check on your document.
MS Word has a great one. Just remember that even the best spell checkers
can not catch things like “I found the book over “their.”
The word "their" is spelled correctly but the proper word to use is
Also, don't forget to check your grammar and punctuation.
Your spell checker will help out here also.
Check your local library for a good simple book on grammar.
There is no need for you to be intimidated by this process; just remember
that the goal of your writing should be clarity and conciseness.
Once you have completed your editing, you should have someone else go over your
work. It is very difficult to find
your own errors. CB Publishing &
Proofreading or basic copyediting - the identification and correction of
typographical errors, punctuation errors, misspellings, and formatting
inconsistencies, grammar, word usage, capitalization, word breaks, tone, and
Substantive copyediting - Includes clarity of subject, logic, and consistency.
Confusing and awkward writing may be reworked. Sentences are analyzed for
structure/syntax. Long sentences may be enumerated or separated. Repetitions
(wording or writing patterns) are removed or highlighted for review.
Proofreading, copyediting and substantive editing often occur simultaneously.
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