Proofreading can make or break a book. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes can be the difference between a reader finishing a book, providing a five star review, and reading other books by the same author. Proofreading should be the final step following editing and copy editing and should never be skipped or skimped. After the blood, sweat, and tears it took to create your story make sure you send it to your readers ready and in its cleanest copy.
Romance readers are fickle. Reviewers can be brutal. Too many story inconsistencies can turn off a reader which could make any possible success into considerably less. A great edit will make sure even the most careful reader will be able to follow a story without question or confusion. Any questions in story flow, characterization, setting, or plot will be brought to your attention. Any formatting, spacing, or style differences within the text will be notated.
A line edit will focus on the words. Is there a better, clearer way to share the details of the story. In a line edit, I will point out any areas where the words need work and will suggest alternate words, phrases, or sentences to improve the meaning and flow of the writing.
I love books. I am a voracious reader, especially in the romance genre! I read well over 200 books a year. The biggest turnoff in a book, the thing that will ultimately distract me from great settings, perfect characters, and an unbelievable plot, is proofreading mistakes and story inconsistencies. I can't stand misspelled words, missing or incorrect punctuation, or uneven spacing between words and paragraphs, when a scene is misplaced or hair color, eye color change mid book. Beautiful conversation can be ruined by weirdly places commas and repetitive word use. I find myself noticing these mistakes more and more often and I want to help authors tell their story. Not create it mind you (I wish so badly I had a story or two rattling around in my mind) but help make sure your story has the best possible proofreading and editing. All they will see is the imagery you create with your words.
Is proofreading worth the money? You tell me. Is it worth it if you get more readers and sell more books? Is it worth it if reviewers on Goodreads, Instagram, Blogs, and Facebook tout the perfection of your writing and recommend your book? Amazon will penalize authors who have to many editing and proofreading mistakes. Would an Amazon penalty affect your current and future book sales?
I believe a well written, edited, proofread book will sell better and garner more attention. Attention is everything in the self publishing world. Thus, worth the cost. Any cost.
If you combine an edit and proofread the cost will include a second read after changes have been made in order to view, correct, proofread the final product.
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Cost will vary depending on the stages of writing you WIP has been through. It is best to contact us for pricing.
I strive to have your WIP back to you in 7 days. If it will be any longer than that I will always let you know.
Most importantly, because I care about your book. I only work on 1-2 books at a time. Your book will be my priority. I will help you get that book ready for market, review it, follow your progress, be available to answer questions, and be a supporter of your book after it is released. I want to work with authors and help create successful books.