Thursday, February 7, 2013

Self-Publishing and Professional Editing

Many writers are now considering taking the route of self-publishing. The competition is fierce in the publishing industry, and only a very small percentage of writers succeed at finding an agent and making it into the traditional publishing world.

This may be a very frustrating path for writers who spend months, maybe years, working on a novel, only to face rejection over and over again. Self-publishing is becoming increasingly popular, especially now that e-books are available even for young children to access, via libraries, e-readers, tablets, or smart phones.

I'm a little concerned, however, about the quality of books being self-published. Nobody is perfect, and even when reading our book over and over again several times, typos and grammar errors slip through. A second or third pair of eyes is often needed to catch everything.

This is what triggered me to start proofreading e-books for fellow writers. I just can't overlook a typo without saying anything. A published book should be totally error-free. It's only fair to the potential readers. Typos are distracting, and can often make a potential reader decide not to purchase an e-book, after reviewing the first few pages and finding typos.

Here's the catch. Writers have no money. Getting published is hard, and once published, selling enough books to make it worth all the effort is often a challenge.

No need to break the bank. PenPals aims to offer the best service, still at a reasonable cost.

Do your future readers a favor. Talk to us about what we can do for you. 

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