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The Importance of an Editor and Beta Readers for Independent Authors

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I am about to start offering my services as an editor to self publishing authors, so I can only agree with the opinions in this blog. I have edited a few books recently that were very good, but they still needed another set of eyes to look at them, to make th m great and I hope I was able to contribute to this 🙂

Author Don Massenzio

My blog this week focuses on the importance of using an editor and enlisting beta readers if you are an independent author.

Let’s start by comparing/contrasting independent and traditional publishing. In traditional publishing, an author receives an advance (if he or she is lucky). This advance is usually a fairly small amount. The author may then receive royalties for books sold after a certain number. The royalties can vary from pennies per book to dollars if you are a bestselling author. In exchange for allowing the traditional publisher to publish your work, you receive editing, formatting, publicity, and marketing services. The quality and effectiveness of these services can vary depending on how much the publishing company believes it can make from your book. In the end, very few published authors make a living wage from traditionally published books.

Independent authors know that their world is a different one. All of the…

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