#AuthorToolbox: How to Improve your Book’s Readability with Self-Editing – by Jay Artale…

on Birds of a Feather Press:

Spellcheck and grammar check are the obvious first steps self-editing your book, but these don’t do enough heavy lifting to improve the readability of your content.

When you write nonfiction, you have to make sure you’re explaining your concepts and ideas with enough clarity to keep your reader’s interest. If your book is difficult to read, chances are your readers will give up on you as an author, and your books.

I’ve been huddled away at my Mum’s house for the past four months, waiting for my chance to get on a plane and travel again. While I’ve been here I’ve been working on three active book projects, and one of them is now in the self-editing phase.

Before you send your book to a proofreader you have to make sure it’s sufficiently edited, and you have two choices.

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6 thoughts on “#AuthorToolbox: How to Improve your Book’s Readability with Self-Editing – by Jay Artale…

  1. I recently (during lockdiwn) started to use the “read it to me” facility in word. These are some of my cut the crap methods I niw use to get a story into shape. …

    Two spell checks ie: word and Grammerly. Followed by a resting phase before a backward re-read. A continuity check against my character notes is my next step. Once I think I have caught all I can I use the read aloud feature, I can hear stutters or jerky sentences, over used words that slipped past me, those that need revising are corrected. Then I record me reading it as a final sweep. Often if you missed a trick (an edit) it catches in your throat, gets stuck in your mouth. Reading and listening to my work first hand has lifted my editing ability.

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