I just sent what will hopefully be the final version of my ebook First World Problems: 101 Reasons Why The Terrorists Hate Us to the Kindle store.
This should have been the first time I submitted it.
But I was anxious and just wanted to get it out there.
While it has received good reviews, there were numerous grammatical mistakes.
Some people were kind enough to look over those flaws, but they shouldn’t have happened.
Getting a poor review because of grammar is pathetic.
People can hate the humor in the book. They can think I’m wildly unfunny. That’s fine. It would be inexcusable if they criticized it solely for poor grammar.
So I hired an editor.
I took 5 minutes to put an ad on Craigslist and Odesk.
I had no idea what the market rate was at the time. I just picked a set price – $200 to edit a 32,000 word book.
Some people wrote me saying that was way under price.
But more people with Masters degrees and Doctorates applied for the job.
I went with the first credible (and human sounding) person that applied.
3 days later and I have a fully edited book.
If you’ve invested so much time into writing and self-editing your book, you owe it to yourself to hire an editor.
Let people critique and pick apart your book for the content, not petty mistakes that should have been fixed.