Authors have to maximize their resources; thus, picking the right editorial service for proofreading and copyediting is paramount.
As the self-publishing industry starts to mature in the digital age, more options are made available for authors, particularly in editing and proofreading services. The necessity of editing manuscripts is a standard, but the question on which editorial relationship should be taken by authors or just the need for an outside editor are just some of the monumental changes in the industry.
There are many examples of successful self-published works such as Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James and The Martian by Andy Weir, but there are more works cropping up that are not only self-published but self-edited as well.
The best seller status of the self-published book Diary of an Oxygen Thief is another example where the lack of having any outside editors has not been detrimental to its success. The anonymous author did the editing, cover page, and distributorship all on their own. When Diary of an Oxygen Thief landed on the top 20 list of iTunes and Amazon this year, the author was signed by literary agent Byrd Leavell, who eventually landed him a contract with Gallery Books. The film rights have already been acquired by the Gotham Group as well.
It raises the question on whether it’s wise to hire an editor, especially for authors with limited resources when there are real-life examples of projects that have taken off without them. It is equally important to note as well that these examples are also a very small sample in a wide catalog of self-published work. Editing and proofreading are commonly the most expensive services that authors pay for, if they are not signed up with a publisher who can provide these resources for them. Having limited resources makes it critical to get the right option that works for them at the start since these authors cannot afford multiple rounds of editing that is usually the norm for those signed to traditional publishers.
The lack of resources not only prohibits them from hiring outside help but also forces them to rely either on themselves or their close friends. These options typically add more delay to the publication process since authors will be hard-pressed to ask their friends to speed it up when they are usually done for free. There are also authors whose tight deadlines make it difficult to have their work edited or proofread as efficiently and thorough as they need it without having any outside help. Yet having their manuscript proofread or edited can make a huge impact in submitting their work on time.
For those who edit their own work, authors need some distance, and typically, this means they will not edit their work immediately after it’s finished. Once they’ve had some time off with their material, only then they will start editing it from another perspective. That is a luxury of time that cannot be afforded by authors with strict deadlines to follow.
Start-ups like 1-Hour Proofreading provide options for authors who need editors with tight deadlines. Depending on the length of the material, manuscripts can be proofread and edited with a quick turnover time.
To ensure that authors can determine whether a particular service fits their work, 1-Hour Proofreading offers a three-page sample of editing for every thirty-page manuscript. Every editor is different, and authors have to check if an editor fits their style or project.
And they also need not just an editor who can clean up their manuscripts but also someone they can build a relationship with in terms of the project they are working on. The professional team of editors at 1-Hour Proofreading suit the style of the authors they’re matched with. Consultations can also be made with the editors.
If the author feels that the particular editing does not conform to what they need for their project based on their free sample, they can contact 1-Hour Proofreading during business hours and offer their feedback. Authors get paired with editors that are also aligned with their style and their needs. This also enables the author to consult with their editor to make sure all the details are covered for their copyediting and proofreading arrangements.
Services like these allow authors to have more options hiring an outsider perspective to improve their writing. Despite successful self-published projects like Diary of an Oxygen Thief, the need for an editor to clean up the manuscripts and to provide criticism to improve the author’s writing is still important.
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