We have two rooms full of books. Enough, right? We were happy until we purchased a Kindle and received a free month of Kindle Unlimited with our purchase. It was like having Christmas every day for a month with so many free books available.
As many authors know, putting your book on Kindle for free is a great way to get others to read it. We found new authors and downloaded their books. However, some of the books were full of errors—misspelled words, punctuation and sentence errors, point of view switches in the middle of chapters and paragraphs—all disturbing enough to make us stop reading after the first few pages. No author can recognize all his mistakes. When I try to edit my work, my brain sees what it thinks I wrote. I can’t discover misplaced punctuation or the same word used three times in one paragraph. I have problems with telling instead of showing and need help in spotting those places.The cost of hiring an editor is a necessary expenditure an author cannot afford to skip. See how my editor, Debra L. Butterfield, is helping me make my book more exciting in her blog post “Show don’t tell: Dissecting what it looks like.” See it here.