Get a Good Copy Editor if You Plan to Self-Publish Your Book
Manuscripts, especially by those aspiring authors, need to be looked at, but they have challenges in getting established publishing companies to do so, thus they would opt to self-publish their works themselves. Unfortunately, these self-publishers would lose the skill in copy editing, which is a key element in the publishing process, because of cost savings. In effect, self-published books sold on the market are many of them poorly written, and thus making the literary world have low regards on self-publishing.
Imagine a writer spending many hours researching and writing about his or her subject, who believed in himself or herself and the project being done, very highly motivated and enthusiastic, and looking forward to do whatever it takes to put his or her book out in the market. But sadly, because they want to save money, their manuscripts are sabotaged because of the failure to have a copy editor review it before sending their works for printing.
Take note that if you are a self-publisher, you must realize some critical matters. The first and foremost to realize is the it is a business to self-publish, which means you are marketing the manuscript you have written and you are marketing your very self. Thus, the key to your business to succeed is in the preparation of your grand launching which in this case is the day your book will hit the shelves in your local book store.
The number two matter for a self-publisher to understand is how important it is to recognize his or her limitations. Bear in mind that a person who writes books is not automatically a writer, even if he or she is the author. It is true that nearly all high school graduate can put enough words and be understood, but note that great and good writing would need a strong knowledge of grammar and a consistent practice and commitment to the art. For this reason, even the rich and famous recognize this, thus they often hire writers to help them write their memoirs. It does not mean though that only skilled writers can write books, you can too by getting the help of a copy editor to do the proofreading of your work, especially if grammar and spelling are not your forte.
Several reasons can be pointed out on why it is important to have a copy editor if you self-publish your work. One reason in hiring a copy editor is that a good copy editing will result which will lend credibility to your manuscripts, and if you have the credibility on your first publishing, you will create a following of loyal customers that will support you in your next work.