Listening To Your Manuscript

Kobo Writing Life

by Terry Odell

As authors, we want to provide the best possible experience for our readers. That means providing a well-edited book, and I don’t put anything out there that hasn’t been run past my critique partners, beta readers, and a professional editor. The more eyes on the manuscript, the better. But I’ve learned you need ears on the manuscript as well.

A couple years ago, I started putting my books out in audio, and as part of that process, I had to listen to the narrations to make sure there were no errors. That drove home the point that I should have read my work out loud before submitting it.

Skipping the ‘read it out loud’ editing pass means you’re going to miss things.

Heck, even when you do read it out loud, you can still miss things, because your eye sees what’s supposed to be on the page…

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