Whether a person is creating a work of fiction or nonfiction, they need to have a solid knowledge of writing fundamentals. Word choice, sentence structure, and grammar all play a role in developing a sound manuscript that turns into a great self-published book. On the other hand, even the most talented writer is bound to make a few mistakes throughout the writing process. It is for this reason that editing is such an important step to complete before sending your manuscript off for book printing.
There are several things every writer should watch for during the editing process, including:
- Spelling errors
- Sentences that are too long (run on sentences)
- Misuse of words
- Punctuation and grammar errors
- Capital or lower-case letters in the wrong places
- Nonsense sentences
- Factual errors
- Omissions of vital material
Reviewing the book for these types of errors is the first stage of book editing, and possibly the most important. After all, if your writing appears amateurish or if your facts are inaccurate, your book won’t have much success and you’ll have wasted a lot of time and money. This stage of editing is generally completed before sending your printer ready file to your book manufacturer. Experts suggest that writers review their entire manuscript several times over to be sure they’ve caught the majority of errors. It’s also a good idea to have a family member, friend, or local college student majoring in English edit your writing after you’re done. Their fresh, objective review will frequently catch errors you missed.
The final stage of editing occurs after editing your manuscript’s content. The purpose of this final edit stage is to eliminate any remaining errors, make sure that your book’s introductory section and back section are complete, and to adjust the length of the book, if necessary. After the title page, a book’s front section pages always begin on right hand pages and may include the following:
- Table of contents
- Other optional pages that continue as right and left pages until the first chapter page may include:
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Illustrations
Few writers think about it but the length of the manuscript, or the length of specific sections, can play a major role in how the book is laid out. For example, you will want all your chapters to begin on a right-hand page. The length of each chapter might need to be adjusted by adding a blank page at the end of a chapter that ends on a right hand page.
Once the editing process is completed your book is ready to go through the process of book printing so it can make its way into the hands of waiting readers. For more help self-publishing your book, contact CMYK Graphix – they provide one-stop shopping for book printing and other promotional print items. As the No. 1 choice in book printing today, CMYK Graphix will not only help you self-publish your book, they will provide the business cards, brochures, and flyers that will get your words out there in the world.