Proofreading self-published Kindle books and ebooks

Self-publishing offers authors, writers and entrepreneurs an accessible and affordable way to get their words out to the masses. Whether the goal is to write a book that will help to demonstrate a business person’s specialised knowledge about their niche, or whether it’s a novel that’s been bubbling away under the surface for years, self-publishing gives writers more control and allows them to deliver their work to an audience far more quickly than traditional publishing could.

However, it does also leave some of the costs that a traditional publisher would cover down to the author themselves. They must pay to get a cover designed and pay an editor to review the totality of their book. Then, finally, they must employ a proofreader who can get rid of errant apostrophes and catch spelling mistakes that slipped through the net.

As much as you may feel confident that you have spotted all the errors in your text (after all, you’ve no doubt re-read it about 94 times), it is vital to get a second opinion and a professional proofreader is the best person to spot any mistakes in spelling, punctuation or grammar that you might have made.

It’s impossible to identify all of our own errors.

The reason it is so important to have your self-published writing proofread is that self-publishing has a terrible reputation, thanks to people who bash out something akin to a long blog post and have it on sale on Amazon the same afternoon with a cover slapped together in Microsoft Paint. As well as those who take longer to work on their masterpiece but are so afraid of criticism that they refuse to send it on to any professionals like editors or proofreaders to work on.

So many reviews of Kindle or self-published books talk about how many typos there are… is that the impression you want people to have about your book? Or do you want to put something on sale that you can feel truly proud of?

Kindle / Ebook / Self-published book proofreading fees

Fees for this service start at £15 (GBP) per 1,000 words, which means that the fee for a 50,000-word book, for example, would be £750.

If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch.


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