I always try to support indie writers by buying their books, but more often than not I am disappointed and unable to read to the end. Why? Because they have not been edited. Yes, they’ve been spell checked. But I just can’t read books that clearly need help.
Everyone needs to have their work edited. Even best selling authors have editors, and I am thrilled to have started to offer editing services at my website: www.youselfpublish.com
I recently offered to help my old friend Chris Pocock in Zimbabwe self-publish his book on Amazon’s Createspace.
When he sent the manuscript to me he said he had not had a chance to have it edited, and asked if I would also do that for him.
I was glad he recognized the importance of editing, and because he and I have been friends since we rode horses together in our high school days, I agreed.
His book is non-fiction, entitled The Story of Polocrosse in Zimbabwe, and it covers 60 years of history of the sport. I was very impressed with the amount of information it contained, and how much work Chris had done putting it all in order, together with a lot of photographs and line drawings.
He was quite right, it did need editing, and I found that I really enjoyed that part. It also needed to be formatted for publication, which is not too difficult once you have done it a few times.
Chris had an idea of what he wanted for a cover, but he didn’t know how to create one that would conform to Createspace’s specifications. This is what we came up with when we put our head together:
I enjoyed it so much that I decided to offer my services to others, but it is very time consuming, and I work, so I have to charge something for doing it, but I’ve made it as inexpensive as I possible can. This is my new website: www.youselfpublish.com
I’m ready and willing to start helping independent authors, so please contact me for pricing info. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.