Congratulations on getting this far, you have now spent even more time along with your editor making sure your work is clean and reads just the way you want it. With your words flowing, the story looking great and all without your characters losing their own special voices. You have invested time and money in this story and can’t wait for the readers to get their hands on it, but first you need to make sure everything is as you think it is and now is the time to get your manuscript proof and Beta read by a whole range of people.
Here I am going to explain each of the steps and why it is important in the process before we move right along to the final stage before that exciting moment where you upload and market your book for release.
This is for those authors who have completed their edits and are ready to move onto the formatting stage. Your manuscript will ideally be read through by at least two highly competent readers in order to make sure the final work is as clean and error free as possible. These proof readers will go through the author’s work with dedicated attention to the finer details such as small mistakes, typos, misused words and punctuation issues that may have been missed in all of the other processes. A great proof reader is one that is a book lover, someone that has an eye for detail and a love of going that extra step to make sure the final outcome is one everyone can be proud of. They will be willing and able to give feedback to the author on anything they find or anything that they do not feel the reader will enjoy.
Another valuable service to the author, this is a must for any manuscript. Skilled readers will go through the manuscript, looking to see that the story is flowing and captivating, aiding the author in picking out areas that need working on and giving feedback on the overall growth and development within the manuscript as a whole. Checking that characters are growing and developing, that the story captivates and tells just what the author wants it to is important to make sure the story has the depth and ensuring that readers will be shown the story while they are reading the words. An important thing to remember is to get as wide a scope of people as possible; these are also the people that will help sell the book for you by telling everyone how great it is. As they say a good Beta reader and proof reader can be hard to find. If you are lucky enough to have one, keep them close and never let them go.
Now everything is amazing and all the comments have come back to let you know this is a great story and they love it. What to do now? Well next we have formatting, uploading and of course the HUGE love/hate must do…….. yes MARKETING.