Along our journey assisting authors to self-publish their new books, we noticed a significant increase in manuscripts that need corrections. Please complete all disciplines before approving your files if you ask us to make corrections.
Our Angel Key Publications team is not set up to edit a manuscript once it has reached the formatting stage. So, you should consider engaging an experienced editor or asking us to provide this service, saving you time and money and reducing frustration and likely errors once the manuscript is formatted.
From the 1st of December 2018, Angel Key Publications will charge 65 dollars an hour or part thereof for editing correction requests in a manuscript. The only exceptions will be for a time limit of 10 minutes spent in good faith with editing correction requests.
All formatting change requests must be requested within those first few pages given to you as a preview. This will avoid a total reformat of the whole manuscript at a new cost.
Check your work thoroughly!
We do not advise self-editing one’s manuscript.
It is YOUR JOB to thoroughly check your manuscript, especially the blurb on the back cover of your book, BEFORE sending it for insertion on your back cover. Please remember to check your work if you are tired, have back ground disputes, or are stressed.
The human brain takes no nonsense. As long as you feed it with relevant information, it is happy. As soon as you start feeding it nonsense, it tries to decipher it and turn it into logic.
Read the following sentence:
I dnot konw why but I ahve no porlbem uderntsaning tihis snetcne. In the wink of an eye, most people will realise what this sentence is saying: I don’t know why, but I have no problem understanding this sentence. That is what makes the task of self-editing your work so difficult. As you scan over something you have written, you tend to miss mistakes you may have made. You read what is not there because the brain expects it to be there.
How can anyone deliver work that is as free from mistakes?
There are some techniques that you may use:
* The first is to read it out loud. In that way, you do not rely on the eye alone to send information to the brain. The ear also kicks in; very helpful in identifying awkward sentence construction.
* Some people use a technique such as reading in reverse. You start at the end of the sentence and read word for word backwards, taking the brain’s tendency to correct out of the equation. The technique is beneficial for finding spelling mistakes.
* A common mistake writers make is to finish writing and immediately go through the work to ensure everything is correct. But, unfortunately, the information is just too fresh in your mind. Could you wait a few days or weeks before editing your work?
* A constructive tip many established writers will give you is to cut and not to add. Most writers tend to drone on a bit as their writing flows along. When editing your work, look for unnecessary sentences and words. Do not hesitate to take them out.
* We live in the 21st century and should use the tools available. Effective voice recognition software is a way of catching mistakes while you are ‘writing’, especially for those not ten-finger typists. As you talk, the words appear on the screen, making spotting mistakes easy. The excellent programs on the market have an astonishing degree of accuracy.
When self-editing, be ruthless. Criticise yourself. If you have made a mistake, admit it and correct it.