2 Proofreading Tips Every Indie eBook Author Must Know
As you will know by now, I am the first to acknowledge that when it comes to spelling, grammar and proofreading I always seek help from a professional. I always read through my completed eBook but I find that proofreading can be very tedious and I am often left with more questions than answers. This is where a professional can play their part in helping you create a best-selling eBook.
You should never let your lack of formal writing skills get in the way of becoming a self-published author. Help is always available – you just need to know where to find it!
1. Look for Hidden Spelling And Grammar Mistakes
Auto-correct with your spelling checker can be your best friend but it can also be your worst enemy. To help find hidden errors I always read my chapters out loud as I fins this the best way to come across errors. When a sentence doesn’t flow or I hesitate with a word then there is likely an issue I need to correct.
2. Look for Unintended Repetition
I am guilty of this one as I always find that when proofreading my eBook for the first time that there is unnecessary and repetitive use of adjectives, adverbs and verbs. I think this is because I start with too much information thinking this is what readers want. Instead I need to get to the main point in a shorter amount of words especially when it comes to non-fiction.
One tool you can use to check for repetition is using the ‘find’ feature on Word to see how many times you’ve used a specific phrase. Check to see if you can consolidate multiple repetitive paragraphs into one.