BAD Grammar will absolutely KILL your book sales!
Take a look at these scathing reviews.
Bad grammar is evident in three places:
- Your title
- Your description
- The “look inside” section of your book
ALL of these need to be PERFECT. Actually, your whole book should be as perfect as you can make it, but errors in these three very visible places can and will kill book sales.
Take a look at this review:
This was one of the first reviews this book received. It basically helped kill any further sales, which was too bad because the book actually had “potential.”
What can an author do?
Here are two tactics that work when bad grammar is killing sales:
The first and fastest route is to correct the errors. Choose this route if you already have some good reviews.
Depending on the type of errors your book has …
- Go through your entire book using either ProWritingAid or Grammarly.
- Hire a professional proofreader.
- Hire a professional editor.
- Hire an editor (first) and then a proofreader for a final run through.
Be careful when hiring proofreaders and editors on job boards such as Fiverr … most of them will use ProWritingAid or Grammarly. Specifically ASK if they use them or if they “manually” read the book … OR if they use a combination of both (which would be MY preference).
Once your book is free from grammar errors and typos, upload the edited version. Then at the very top of your description put a Big Bolded notice. Something like this:DATE: Due to comments about grammar errors, this book has been professionally edited and is now error free.
Do It Yourself Grammar Software
The first thing I want to emphasize is that these are mechanical programs. While they are both good at finding typos, punctuation and grammar errors, they are not perfect. You need to be judicious when using them because they might actually interfere with your writing style. You can ignore or over ride suggestions IF you want.
The second thing I want to note is that these programs are an excellent way to learn how to speak and write English better. If you take the time to read the rules and if you pay attention to the mistakes you consistently make, you will become a better writer. IF English is a second language for you, you will find yourself rapidly improving if you take the time to pay attention, learn and then use what you have learned.
So imagine how happy I was to find ProWritingAid!
It does everything that Grammarly does and MORE. And the price is $20 a month (paid monthly) only $79 per year or a lifetime membership for $399.
Hiring An Editor
1) what to ask for and
2) what to expect and so you have an idea of |
3) editing fees.
When you hire, make sure everything is clear and in writing.