How to Edit Your Ebook

okYou’ve done it! 20 days of constant writing and you’ve polished off a whopping 10,000 word ebook. It has pictures, it has headings and overall you couldn’t be more pleased with what you’ve created. You’re done.
Exceeeept you’re not. Writing an ebook is not enough you see. If you’re going to make something that will sell well, get good reviews and make you feel proud, then you need to ensure that your book has been properly edited as well. That means you need to proof it and make sure there are no mistakes and it means that you need to double check the style and the grammar. So how do you do that? And how do you not make it a nightmare?
Grammar and Style Guides
One thing that makes proofing and editing an ebook hard is the simple fact that there often is no official ‘right answer’ when it comes to grammar and style. That is to say that some people will tell you one thing while others will tell you something else.
Take the Oxford comma for example. This involves using a comma at the end of a list, whereas many people maintain that commas should never come before the word ‘and’. What’s the best answer?
It actually doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you stick to one solution and don’t variate from that. At the same time, make sure that whatever you decide serves the reader first and foremost. Is your solution making it easier for them to read or harder? Clue: it should be the former! Write your rules and stick with them while you read.
In terms of proofing, one thing you can do is to run through the spell-check on Word. This will allow you to sift through all the text for obvious mistakes and it should be relatively fast. Even if you have highlighting on, it’s worth doing this as you can easily miss the odd underlining otherwise.
Next, get a friend, family member or colleague to read over your work. This is very important because you can never be completely objective about your own work. You know how it’s meant to sound and thus you will end up hearing it differently in your own head.
Of course some people don’t have the luxury of a friend who’s willing to do this. So if you don’t, try proofing by reading out loud instead. This gives you a good idea of how your writing is going to flow when read.

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