New Author - learning from mistakes

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New Author - learning from mistakes

Post by AetherPirate » 15 Nov 2015, 21:53

I bought Scott's book about book promotion today, and found it painfully helpful. Painful, because as a new author I was very eager to get my book out there and published. As a result, I rushed through the editing phase like a kid racing through dinner so he can have dessert. As I started reading my work on a kindle, I was horrified to see glaring errors and omissions, such as a missing word in my very first sentence. I quickly fixed many issues and uploaded a new version. I fear I missed other things. Its embarrassing, and I'm feeling quite foolish.

So, have other authors here used the onlinebookclub editing service? If so, how did it work out? Was the price fair, and the end result satisfactory? I know I am approaching this rather backwards now, but I want to fix my first attempt at writing and publishing and give it a proper try.

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Post by Ezekiel Azazel » 27 Dec 2015, 00:39

I've used the review service, and I was thrilled. Everybody here in admin is very approachable, communicates fantastic, and timely with responses.

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Post by ReadDear » 27 Feb 2016, 11:06

I hired a professional editor for my book.
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Post by Rachel McClellan » 15 Jul 2016, 18:25

I haven't used their service, but there are a LOT of really good editors. I would ask for recommendations from other authors instead of finding one on your own.

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Post by karolinka » 25 Oct 2016, 14:06

I hired a book doctor for one of my books, and I am glad I did. Some of them charge a pretty penny, so it might take a while to find a good one that is cheaper. Writing conferences are probably the best bet for finding book doctors and editors, and the often offer deals to attendees.
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Post by megmcqueen » 25 Oct 2016, 18:58

I chose a UK based editor who had a nice resume and quick turnaround time. I would recommend him, but yes expensive and in pounds!
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Post by brianference » 01 Dec 2016, 13:14

True to form I have probably made each and every mistake possible but I am learning so much and excited to launch my second book (once it is finished) in the correct or at least improved manner.

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Post by Lincoln » 21 Mar 2017, 10:42

AetherPirate wrote:I bought Scott's book about book promotion today, and found it painfully helpful. Painful, because as a new author I was very eager to get my book out there and published. As a result, I rushed through the editing phase like a kid racing through dinner so he can have dessert. As I started reading my work on a kindle, I was horrified to see glaring errors and omissions, such as a missing word in my very first sentence. I quickly fixed many issues and uploaded a new version. I fear I missed other things. Its embarrassing, and I'm feeling quite foolish.

So, have other authors here used the onlinebookclub editing service? If so, how did it work out? Was the price fair, and the end result satisfactory? I know I am approaching this rather backwards now, but I want to fix my first attempt at writing and publishing and give it a proper try.
It is easy to make a lot of mistakes. I did things similar to you and gradually worked my way up to spending more time making the product perfect, and in general it has worked out for me. The thing is, becoming an author means a lot of trial and error, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Just be willing to learn.
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Post by Barbara Dominick » 03 Apr 2017, 14:35

I learned the hard way also that a good editor is a precious and priceless gift you give to your work. No matter how many times I read my work, there's always something I miss!

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Post by Billy Pro » 05 Apr 2017, 07:36

I am just a book reader. :))

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Post by nathcc » 31 May 2017, 11:08

My 'mistake' found me when I woke from a dream. I sometimes wish it had remained so, or even a nightmare that I could hide behind the couch from. But I couldn't help but relay it to my fiancee, who lay resting her head on my chest. My imagination running a mock!
Even after having it professionally (a favour) proof read, I still found errors. One million hours, one thousand headaches and a reduced hair flow later, that's it!

Of course, I have a further seven titles I'm working on, but that's just the pill of the pull pushing me on...

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