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If you can't hire a professional book editor to edit your self published book, your friends will be able to help with copy editing and constructive criticism. This is not the time for them to gush about how great your book is. Instead, encourage your friends to be ruthless and to make a note of any aspect of your book that does not seem quite right. They should look for misspellings and anything that is unclear and should offer specific advice about such areas as: