Hi all! I hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays. It’s my favorite time of the year and, once it’s gone, I truly miss it. This is book time, though, so on to today’s post. I love books for many reasons and I have to admit that I love blogging about books. Sharing all of my favorites reads with all of you is a pleasure but today will be a Guest post by Miss Paulette Harper. Miss Paulette’s new book Living Separate Lives is newly released (November 10th) and I am glad to be a part of her blog tour. Take it away Miss Paulette!
Editing by Paulette Harper
A word of caution when deciding to get someone to edit or proofread your book: Don’t get your mother, friend, or sister to edit your book unless they are professional editors!
When it comes to editing your book, you should not cut any corners. A professional-looking book should have the expertise of a professional editor. If you decide to self-publish, don’t get just anyone to edit your book. Meaning, you should hire several editors to look over your book thoroughly before it goes to print. If you are going to invest your time, energy, and money into your book, then by all means, invest a good portion of your money into editing.
Over the years of reviewing books, I haven’t seen too many that were poorly edited; but I did see one in particular. Because the grammar, sentence structure, and layout of the book were “POORLY” done, I refused to give a book review.
I could not get passed looking at the misspelled words; words that should have been capitalized were not; and there were missing words in sentences. I couldn’t understand how anyone would spend their time, energy, and money on a product that could not be read or understood.
If you are serious about writing, it will be evident in your writing and the finished product. Don’t rush through this process for the sole purpose of getting a book released. Take your time! A self-published book does not have to look like it was self-published.
What did I do with that book that I described above? I threw it away. Yes, I did! No sense in keeping something that I couldn’t read. If you are an aspiring writer, you may not know there are different types of editing services. Each type should be considered when you are looking for a profession person to edit your book. Here are a few types of editing to consider.
Content editors– When you hire a content editor, their job is to take the manuscript written by an author, and polish the work into a finished book. They correct grammar, spelling, and style and check all the facts. They make sure the book reads well, and suggest changes to the author if it does not.
Copy editors help polish the author’s writing. They review each page, and make the changes required to give the book a good writing style.Proofreading is the last stage of editing. It is a final check of the manuscript to make sure that no mistakes have slipped through or been introduced if the layout has changed.
Copyediting (or line-by-line editing) can cover a broad range of corrections and suggestions. A basic copyedit may include: making sure material is logical and understandable, correcting continuity problems, making sure sources are cited for all statistics and quotations, and flagging inaccuracies and inconsistencies.
Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes. What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?
For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised. Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.
Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?
About the Author
Beginning her career in 2008, Paulette is an award-winning, bestselling author and the founder of WNL Coaching and Marketing Services. Along with being an ordained Elder, she is the author of several books and founder of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours, a service to help promote authors of the Christian genre and authors of clean books.
As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Elder Paulette’s desire is to empower, influence and cultivate women to move forward while dealing with issues that hinder women from becoming all they are created to be. Her topics are biblically sound and pertinent to the needs of today’s women. Paulette is a wife, mother, grandmother and Bible teacher. Paulette has appeared on numerous radio and Television shows.
Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe Paulette’s presentation as inspiring, enriching and encouraging. She is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and edifying.
As a writing coach, she is the visionary behind her own writing ministry called “Write Now,” a literary program that specializes in coaching aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development, and publication of Christian books. She provides her listeners with tools, resources, and opportunities to help them succeed in the writing business.
Her books have ranked consecutively on the Black Christian Publishers Bestsellers List for Independent Publishers (non-fiction category).
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