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What is your worse fear as a self-publishing writer? For many, it's finding mistakes after publication. Imagine receiving boxes of books from printer only to discover a glaring typo. After countless hours of editing and revising document, followed by editing and revising proof, followed by another blue-line final, how did it get by?
How do you prevent errors before they wind up in your book? No matter what editing procedures you undertake, mistakes happen.
But employing these 5 methods can drastically decrease chances of mistakes finding their way into your published book.
1 - Employ an editing service.
The most common mistakes are minor, for example incorrect word use (their, they're, there) and simple misspellings.
2 - Get a second (and third) set of eyes.
Even if you don't wish to pay a professional, anyone who reviews your document will find mistakes you invariably miss. It's a function of brain called "cerbrainiumitis." Okay, okay, that term is made-up - but truth is, you're much more familiar with your manuscript than anyone else, and as a result, apt to miss obvious mistakes simply because your eyes glaze over them.