Catherine Ryan Howard (author of Mousetrapped, Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing & Backpacked) as well as all round hilarious writer and self-publishing guru, talks about the importance of quality control – critiquing, editing and proofreading – in your writing.
Many times when I tell writers that under absolutely no circumstances should they release their work into the world without getting qualified, professional feedback on it first, they smile and nod in the same way I do when I receive advice I have no intention of taking. They think that since they’ve been working on it for a long time and read over it on numerous occasions, both on screen and on paper, it’s in good enough shape. But getting your book (1) critiqued, (2) professionally edited and (3) proofread are crucial steps that cannot be omitted when it comes to self-publishing your book.
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