One of the biggest complaints reported by e-book readers is poor

grammar usage. Although the occasional mistake is

understandable, some readers are often left wondering if their

e-book author even read their own e-book. Do not let yourself

be one of those authors. You need to thoroughly proofread and

spell check your e-book before offering it for sale.

When it comes to proofreading, there are often two sets of

writers. Many automatically know the importance of proofreading

and spell checking. However, there are others who have the why

bother mentality. If you are wondering why it is important to

proofread and spell check, you need to familiarize yourself with

the importance of proofreading. Of course, proofreading allows

you to catch any mistakes that you may have made. It also

allows you to make sure that you didn’t leave out anything

important. Proofreading also enables you to make sure that your

e-book flows together perfectly.

Perhaps, the most important purpose of proofreading is to create

a high quality product. Even if you are able to produce an

e-book on one of the “hottest” topics or subjects around, it

won’t really do you any good if your e-book is hard or difficult

to read. In fact, that is why there is often a direct connection

between proofreading and e-book sales. Proofreading, especially

multiple times, may be considered time consuming, but it will

help you in the end. It is known fact that interesting and

properly written e-books sell for more than those that are just


Since proofreading is vital to the success of your e-book, you

are advised to make sure that you do it. In fact, do you know

that you have a number of different options? The most chosen

option involves self-proofreading. Self-proofreading is defined

as proofreading your own content. When doing your own

proofreading, it is best that you wait until your e-book as been

finished. You will also want to make sure that you proofread

multiple times. In most cases, once is not enough to catch all

of your errors. A good rule to follow is if you don’t

understand what you wrote; your readers probably won’t be able

to understand it either.

A large number of authors, including e-book authors, are able to

successfully proofread and spell check their own articles, but

there are also a number of those who have a difficult time doing

so. With something as important as an e-book that will be

available for sale online, you may want to think about hiring a

professional proofreader. Professional proofreaders are also

known as editors. What is nice about hiring a professional

proofreader or editor is that many not only have experience, but

they also have a degree to back it up. Having a professional

proofreader or editor will increase your chances of having your

mistakes found and corrected.

As nice as it is to hire a professional proofreader or editor,

you need to have money to do so. While it is possible to find

an affordable editor, you may not have the funds needed to do

so. If that is the case, you are advised to look for

individuals who will do your proofreading or editing for you,

free of charge. Your best chance of success, with this

approach, involves talking to those that you know. You may also

be able to work out an arrangement with another writer. If you

offer to proofread one of their e-books or a collection of their

articles, they may do the same for you. When taking the free

proofreading approach, you are advised to try and get someone

who may have some writing and editing experience, even if they

are not considered an expert.

Whether you choose to do your own proofreading, have a friend

look at your e-book for you, or hire a professional editor, you

are urged to proofread. Proofreading and whether or not it is

done may have a direct impact on whether or not you e-book is a

successful seller.

To your success,

Joshua Shoemaker

P.S. Proofreading may take time, but, when looking back, you

should consider it time well spent.

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