If you’ve ever published a book, or have considered publishing a book. Then remember these five words: editing is an ongoing process.
You’re probably wondering what I mean by that. Well, it’s simple, don’t think for a moment when you’re published that the work is done. Let me explain.
When I first embarked on my independent writing career I knew nothing about producing the best book possible. I thought that writing the book itself was enough.
Sadly. I was wrong.
A lot of editing goes into a book. First you self-edit it when it’s done, then you turn it over to a skilled editor and he/she tackles it before you confirm or reject their edits.
Then the beta-reader stage begins. Trust me. You should have at least half a dozen beta-readers. The reason for this is the more eyes, the better their chances of catching manuscript errors. But trust me, it doesn’t end there. Then you give the beta-read manuscript another look before handing it back to your editor before it is published.
But wait. You’re still not done. After you’ve published your work, typos, grammatical errors and other unwelcome guests will pop up. Sometimes, you’ll spot em on your own, other times, readers will notify you.
It is your lifelong duty as an author to always update your books when errors are spotted. Books are like people, they’re constantly growing and needing corrections to be better.
Will your work ever be perfect? Never. But then again, who is?