I have always been very particular when it comes to presenting my own work. I like everything spelt correctly and the grammar to work as it should for the English language, which, at the end of the day can be quite a complicated business.
I know that’s what we all expect, and yet it surprises me how many websites, articles and books (literal and downloadable), you come across with the simplest of errors. We’re all human and its in our nature to make mistakes, but these mistakes in a printed format out there for the public to read affect the readability. Furthermore they dilute the reader’s desire to read any more from that author. It can be so offputting, it is like a literary bad smell in the room, you want to distance yourself from it as quick as possible.
I have recently started proofreading for an author called Lola St Vil, who has written a great series of books called Guardians. I was privileged to proofread a collection of short stories for her recently that has just been published. It went to the Amazon top 100 in the first 24 hours of release this week, so I was really pleased to play a small part in it.
This is the link to her new short story collection, which is available to download through various media – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guardians-Short-Stories-Book-ebook/dp/B00C897FGI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1365585786&sr=8-3&keywords=lola+stvil
I really enjoyed the experience and it allowed me to play up to the perfectionist in me, so I think I’ll have to add proofreader to my list of skills!!
As I take the journey to becoming a published writer, I hope that by proofreading other people’s work, it will enrich my own writing and help me to understand the industry a little better.
Bye for now.
- 10 Proofreading Tips For Self-Publishers (pbs.org)
- People Like Me Are Why You Need a Good Proofreader (lorisinnergoddess.wordpress.com)