December 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #60: Professional Book Editing

Tip of the Week

Copy editing is a key skill for professional book editors, who will use their years of training to spot any mistakes in your self-published book. Copy editing covers spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Book editors will edit sentences so they are neither too long nor too obscure, and will make sure that the right punctuation is used for the right purpose. They will look for grammatical errors and make sure that the style is appropriate to the type of book you plan to self-publish. This means that a learned text will receive different treatment from a personal narrative.

Book editors will also check that you have used certain spelling and abbreviations consistently throughout your book. For example, rather than use the abbreviation 'US' in one chapter and 'USA' in another, the copy editing process will ensure that the same abbreviation is used throughout the book.

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