Why The Last Minute Read Through Is So Important

lYou’ve written your book, you feel pretty good, and now you’re going to publish your book. You’ve put the front cover together, included all of the front and back matter, made any formatting changes that you needed to and it looks beautiful. But there’s still one last thing to do before you even start to type the ‘K’ of KDP. You now have to read through the thing.

This feels like the worst idea imaginable. Not only have you spent god-knows how long on the bloody thing, writing and editing, but now you’re going to have to go through it again. Why?

Once you’ve published the book, that’s it. It’s out there to be judged. There’s nothing worse than spotting obvious errors while you’re reading. When you read, especially fiction, you want to escape in to your imagination but each error pulls you back to reality. It brings you round, it takes you away from the story. It’s distracting and it looks shit.

You should have attempted to get as many eyes as you could to have looked at it by now but still that one last look can spot something. At the end of the day, you need the readers of your book to be entertained and engrossed in your characters, your story, your locations and busy thinking about what’s going to happen next. But if you put put two words repeated next to each other then you’re going to look like a clown. This will mean a revision and then a republish or if it’s a printed book then tough.

For your own peace of mind you need to do this. You need to take your time, don’t rush, and read it aloud if you can. It sounds crazy but the errors are more likely to jump out if you do. Set yourself some time aside to concentrate on this before pushing the big button. You’ll be grateful that you have when you start correcting those errors.

A very Happy, Healthy, Funny, Prosperous New Year to you all, and I hope 2013 brings all that you desire. The next article in the ‘How to Publish a Book’ Guide will be ‘How to Use KDP to Publish on Amazon’.

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6 responses to “Why The Last Minute Read Through Is So Important

  1. Quite right! After I thought my book was literal free the editor from my publisher found a couple of big holes – including a character who changed his name half way through and another pair who were discussing something which didn’t happen for another 20 pages! However clean you think your manuscript is it helps to go through it again – or better still, if you have an editor, ask them to!

    • Who ever came up with the ‘wood for the trees’ phrase has nailed it. It’s impossible to see errors in work that you’re so closely attached to. Thanks for the examples though – very funny. 🙂

  2. and a happy and healthy new year to you, Mike, and all your family. I’ve finished reading your book and think it’s great! Like particularly the way the stories link together and yet stand alone……and I’m not biased at all!
    ….So now get the big one finished…in time for my birthday………….March 2nd!

    • Thank you for buying it and then reading it, it’s much appreciated. I don’t suppose you can go for the hat-trick and review it on Amazon as well please. Have I ever told you that I love you? 🙂

  3. So true. Sometimes it seems like it’s never finished. I read my work out loud, word by word, as if I’m a 6-year-old.

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