2 Proofreading Tips Every Indie eBook Author Must Know

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2 Proofreading Tips Every Indie eBook Author Must Know

As you will know by now, I am the first to acknowledge that when it comes to spelling, grammar and proofreading I always seek help from a professional. I always read through my completed eBook but I find that proofreading can be very tedious and I am often left with more questions than answers. This is where a professional can play their part in helping you create a best-selling eBook.

You should never let your lack of formal writing skills get in the way of becoming a self-published author. Help is always available – you just need to know where to find it!

1. Look for Hidden Spelling And Grammar Mistakes
Auto-correct with your spelling checker can be your best friend but it can also be your worst enemy. To help find hidden errors I always read my chapters out loud as I fins this the best way to come across errors. When a sentence doesn’t flow or I hesitate with a word then there is likely an issue I need to correct.

2. Look for Unintended Repetition
I am guilty of this one as I always find that when proofreading my eBook for the first time that there is unnecessary and repetitive use of adjectives, adverbs and verbs. I think this is because I start with too much information thinking this is what readers want. Instead I need to get to the main point in a shorter amount of words especially when it comes to non-fiction.

One tool you can use to check for repetition is using the ‘find’ feature on Word to see how many times you’ve used a specific phrase. Check to see if you can consolidate multiple repetitive paragraphs into one.

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David Horne has 12 years of experience in the eBook and self-publishing industry backed by many years consulting as a Digital Strategist to companies and online businesses. David is the Founder of global media company Media International which contains one of the largest domain name and website portfolios dedicated to eBooks. David self-published his first eBook back in 2004 and has since gone on to write 11 more eBooks. David created his first online eBook store back in 2005 dedicated to sport, health and fitness and has since gone on to help thousands of writers achieve their dream of becoming a self-published author.