I’ve been merrily writing away for a couple of years now and I’ve been lucky enough to have a little bit of success (Worldreader, Readwave, over 5’000 download, etc) all of which would not come about without the help of a great proof reader.
If I had to give one piece of advice to any self-publishing author, it would be – get yourself a good proof reader. They are worth their weight in gold.
So what makes an excellent proof reader? Well for me it’s the following:
- Someone with an excellent command of the English language (or the language you write in)
- Someone you trust.
- Someone who will give you honest feedback – including – that’s a load of rubbish.
- Someone who enjoys reading the genre in which you write
I was very lucky in finding a lady called Lisa, who proof reads all my work (though occasionally I do manage to slip a posting on various sights unproof read lol).
Lisa has a very difficult job as she in an American who lives in Texas, and is proof reading work by a dyslexic Scot who writes in UK English. How she manages to do what she does, to the very highest standard, I will never now.
For me Lisa meets all the requirements for an excellent Proof Reader. Because:
- She has an excellent command of the English language
- I trust her 100% with my work
- She is always totally honest with her feedback (trust me she is extremely honest)
- She enjoys the genre in which I write
As most of you will have guessed, this post is really just to say thank you to Lisa for all her hard work and to let her know it’s greatly appreciated.
Thank you : )