We get it, you’ve reached THE END and “finished” your book. But the truth is, it’s probably not ready for professional editing yet. 75% of the projects submitted to us have critical issues that a professional editor cannot fix.
Sure you CAN hire us to fix them all for you, but the truth is, most of this stuff could be fixed with a basic spellchecker or grammar tool. Before you submit for professional editing (and waste our time and yours) we strongly encourage you to run it through a software and fix as much as you can.
We’ve tested them all and find that that Grammarly routinely picks up more contextual spelling errors. It won’t catch everything, but it should help a lot. Use this link to get Grammarly. The free Word plugin includes basic spelling and grammar. If you want to dig a little deeper into style and syntax, we recommend ProWritingAid.
Your book can be “well-written” and still fail to keep readers engaged. We’ve been studying the craft of books for over a decade, and we’ve learned the books that succeed aren’t just the ones that are well-written: they are the ones who understand what their audience wants and presents the plot, story, material or information in the ideal structure.
Most non-fiction books we receive have no unifying theme, organic progression of ideas, vulnerable shares and stories to hook interest, or fail to properly identify the audience and benefits (who is this for, what’s in it for them?)
Most novels we receive are lacking universal story structure, deep conflict and suspense, properly motivated and sympathetic characters, and believable dialogue. We can absolutely help point these issues out to you, but we can’t fix or rewrite the entire book.
That’s why we put together a course on writing that is more advanced than anything else on the Internet, yet simple enough for you to go through and quickly identify red flags and room for improvement. And because we want you to succeed, we’re offering it at 75% off.
Before you pay thousands for editing, why not get started with a first chapter critique? Chances are, the mistakes you’re making in the first chapter will be repeated throughout the whole manuscript. If the preface and first chapter don’t suck readers in with story, intrigue, suspense, likable characters and intriguing scenes, they aren’t going to continue reading the rest of your book!
Unfortunately, the first 5000 words are the hardest to get right, and the most important. An agent or new reader will browse the first few pages before giving your book a miss – you’ve only got one chance to convince them to keep reading!
If you’re not sure how much editing your book needs, whether or not it’s good enough to satisfy readers or why you are having trouble getting sales and book reviews (or why your rejection pile is thicker than your manuscript) why not let us do a deep developmental critique on your first 5000 words?
If you want something a little more basic and DIY, we have a FREE course on self-editing your book that’s a bit older, as well as these free book writing resources and articles.