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First Things First

Edited for Success

Estimated Lesson Time: 1 hour (self-evaluated option) / 1 hour 20 minutes (instructor-evaluated option)

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Lesson Introduction

Editing is an investment in time and/or money, but one of the best investments you can make regarding your book's success. A book filled with typos and grammatical errors will most likely result in poor reviews. In this lesson, we cover many strategies for editing, both free and paid.

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Lesson Key Points

Editing is a very important part of the self-publishing process, since self-publishing does not generally have the stringent processes used by publishing houses.
There are do-it-yourself and paid options.
When you are proofing your book, read the text out loud.
Have the computer read your book back to you.
Ask 10 friends, family members, and/or colleagues to proof your book.
Pay a professional edit to edit your book.
If doing print on demand, get just as many as you need for the first run. Correct any errors, submit the new art, then the next printing will have many fewer errors.
There is not one correct rule book for grammar in the English language, so your style may clash with the editor. Just remember it is your book, and you are paying the editor for her advice.
Start with an ebook, then move to print on demand once you are confident that virtually all of the errors have been addressed.

Lesson Assignments

Assignment #1:

This assignment is for students with the instructor-evaluated course option.

Proof read one page from your book and correct all the mistakes you can find. Then, upload either (a) just that page, (b) an image of the page, or (c) your whole book and note which page you proofed. The instructor will then proof the page as well and give you feedback on the quality of editing/proofing. Do not be discouraged if mistakes are found!
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    From the Course:
    How To Turn Your Book Into a Bestseller
    Bo Bennett, PhD

    (2 ratings)
    Business : Strategy
    Offered by VirversitY
    $299.00 $149.00
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    Section 1: Introduction
    Section 2: First Things First
    Section 3: Using Social Media
    #12: Use LinkedIn
    #13: Use Twitter
    Section 4: Quick Strategies With Big Impact
    #14: Create an E-mail Signature Promoting Your Book
    #15: Use Google Alerts
    #16: Join the Goodreads.com Author Program
    Section 5: Harness the Power of Reviews
    #17: Ask Friends and Colleagues to Review Your Book
    #19: Collect Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads
    #20: Give Out Evaluation Copies to Influential Bloggers
    #21: Contact Trade Journals, Newspapers, Magazines, and Other Media Outlets
    Section 6: Promote Away!
    #23: Adding to the Conversation
    #25: Contribute to a Charitable Cause
    #26: Create Your Own Podcast
    #27: Use Google Adwords
    #28: Give Free Lectures
    #29: Go On a Book Signing Tour
    #30: Donate Your Book
    #31: Participate in or Create Joint Ventures
    Section 7: Conclusion
    #32: Other Ideas for Turning Your Book Into a Bestseller
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    1) When you proofread text, it helps to
    a) do it on a full stomach
    b) wear reading glasses
    c) read the text out loud
    d) yell each word
    2) Asking people to help you proof your book is good, except
    a) most people are generally not good editors
    b) people will get upset if you ask
    c) people will want to get paid
    d) people will make up errors just to look smart
    3) If you pay a professional editor, keep the following in mind:
    a) the editor's suggested changes can be ignored
    b) editors might follow a different style than the one you are used to
    c) rules change, and your editor might not be aware of the changes
    d) all of the above
    4) When it comes time to print your first run, go big or go home.
    a) true
    b) false
    5) You must pay a professional editor, otherwise your book will never make the bestseller list.
    a) true
    b) false
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