Editing your own writing is difficult, if not impossible, which is why having your manuscript professionally edited is so critical. Mistakes are easy to make and even easier to overlook. No matter what your education background or experience, errors are easy to miss, but it is important you don’t let them slip through. Take these next two paragraphs for example. How many mistakes can you find? (Hint: There are 65)
Today, Shelley decides to stop by her all too familiar local book
seller. You see Shelly is a avid reader that enjoys a lot of different
books. Not to mention reading quiet a bit, accept on week
days. Walking down the isles, many books peek her interest. She
spots very unique covers which get her attention, irregardless
of their subject. After awhile, she gets to the point where she
must chose between three books. One looks best. Reading the
back cover, she fl ips to the about the author. Every thing looks
great. But, before she brings it to the counter, she starts to read
Mark is not at all adverse to shopping on-line. In fact he fi nds
theres no where he likes to shop more then from one website.
Everyday after work he has proven so astute with his favorite
internet book store. Its an all together good experience especially
when he can browse in his PJ’s or work-out cloths on. Graphics
and snap shots eff ect his choice. Th ey wet his appetite and
help him hone the right book. While Mark is some one whose
usually confi dant in his instinct, the last thing he does when he
bys a book is click on the preview and red a few pages of it.
Did you find all 65? Chances are you did not, but don’t be discouraged. That is why professional editors are so valuable to authors. They look for the mistakes readers will never miss. In the next few posts, I am going to give you ten things that can trip up readers and make your manuscript less than it could be. Stay tuned.