Another friend has published a book – a story of her life. I have read it. It is a memoir of a very interesting life, but sadly there are many errors in it.
Who needs an Editor?
One of the challenges for writers, especially those who self-publish or publish through a “vanity press” organisation, is the editing and proofreading of their work.
It is very expensive to use the services of a quality editor – it could cost between $1000 and $2000. Some writers find that difficult and rely on friends or family to “edit”.
A number of years ago, our writers’ group asked a lady who had written a crime fiction book to present at an afternoon tea event. The book was given to me and I read it. It was the first ever book that I took to with a pencil, marking out the errors I found. One of the characters, a doctor, had his name spelt three different ways, and there was a strange explanation of a skeleton that had a muscle spasm. It turns out that this lady had paid an editor. Sadly not a good one.
A lady known to me published her story as an e-book. I bought it and read it on my Kindle. I was shocked at the number of errors in it. She invited me to coffee one morning and we talked about her book and the errors. She took me to her computer and I looked over the manuscript. I asked if she had even done a spell check. Apparently, she did, but perhaps did not save it. She was horrified when she saw the errors when I turned on “spell check”. I don’t know what she did about the book. We have not met up since.
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