“I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because I didn’t want to share my literary imperfections.”

Are you guilty? As a writer I think we all may have fallen short in the editing department. I personally think I have way more fun simply creating characters and exciting scenarios and absolutely abhor following those necessary but none the less pesky grammatical rules we must follow.

The sad truth is that bad grammar can be the death of a writer especially a self-published author trying to carve their way in this cluttered market. If you’re not one of the select few who receive a contract from the “traditional publishers” you may find yourself in need of a good editor.

Just so you know those select few didn’t start out with wonderfully polished manuscripts. Traditional publishers usually have an in-house editor to polish their manuscripts for them. So us ‘regular folk’ have to find our own way in the world of publishing. There are plenty of services that can be used and some of them are very steep and unrealistically priced. I’ve posted a few of them in a previous post. Below is a listing of reasons you need a good editor along with an affordable solution to the problem.

Helps The Story Flow

How many books have you read that were absolutely polluted with grammatical errors that left you disgusted or completely turned off? Though it may be a bit annoying to remember where punctuation marks should be in a sentence its important. It helps the reader breeze through your story uninterrupted. It also helps them understand the story completely.

Good Grammar Prevents Embarrassment

Good grammar not only helps the story along but it prevents future embarrassment. I know your excited about getting your novel out to the masses. I know you’ve read it a thousand times and can’t see any errors. I know you feel its ready but if you put it out there and its riddled with errors your reading audience will be less than forgiving. They will review your work negatively causing other potential readers to avoid it. (Remember, word of mouth marketing is the best marketing)

Good Grammar Makes Your Novel Competitive

If you want to be taken seriously as a writer you must remove yourself and your work from the amateur pile. This is especially true with self-published authors because the odds are not in your favor. Having good grammar will make your work competitive. It will show reviewers, media professionals and readers that you are serious about your craft. It will also lend a bit of credibility.

If you’re like most writers you may not have ‘Traditional Publisher’s’ money to pay for a high-priced editor.  You may want to give a few of these editors a try.

Grammarly: http://www.grammarly.com/

Scribendi: http://www.scribendi.com/

First Editing: http://www.firstediting.com/first-time-author-editing.php

Urban Fiction Editor: http://www.urbanfictioneditor.com

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  2. chad says:

    Thank you, you helped in a big way, with your information and reference, for me as a new author pursuing my career. I wish you nothing but greatness.

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  4. Thank You…Thank You…Thank You. I had been stressing trying to find an editor to read over my very rough draft for about a month now. Just checked out this information about 2 (two) editors to read my draft for FREE! (One is Free the other will give you a sample editing.) I just sent off my drafts TONIGHT!

    Thanks Again,

  5. Dion Cheese says:

    Your article was very informative and well written. As a matter of fact I resent it to my publishing company when they first edited my book to prove my point that bad editing destroys careers for in the end most authors bear the blame at the end of the day. Thank you for your articles because they are road maps for success…

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