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Top Ten Reasons Why Your English Teacher-Mother-Neighbor-Friend-Church Secretary Cannot Edit or Proof Your Book
- An avid reader with a red pen is not a good substitute for an editor who knows how to polish and refine another’s writing.
- The amateur editor or proof reader does not know all the elements to look for.
- They have not developed the years of training it takes to catch almost every mistake.
- They do not know the proper arc and format of each type of book.
- They do not know The Chicago Manual of Style standards for book publishing.
- They do not know how to code a manuscript for the designers.
- Yes, they catch every spelling mistake in their daily lives, but they do not catch every spacing, line setting, page number, and margin error.
- They are not practiced in working in the publishing industry. They cannot offer the advice and guidance that a professional can.
- They do not have the software and computer skills to work as efficiently as a professional.
- Hire an amateur, and you will might lose your chance to publish a good book and end up publishing a could-have-been-good book.