Tuesday, October 11, 2011

BadTip PubTip Tuesday #2 - Skip the Proofreading

BadTip PubTip Tuesday

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Disclaimer: This is a joke. Don't sue me.

Skip the Proofreading

The world has changed and so has publishing. The modern writer needs to get ahead of the ball in order to make it. Proofreading is one of those old-school concepts that should be buried with yesterday's underwear.

The problem with Proofreading is two-fold:

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Proofreading takes time. A lot of time. You may be able to write a novel in 30 days, but this proofreading, and editing, and other nonsense will take months, maybe years.

I have one word for you: time to market. -- okay, fine... it's one phrase.

Advantage #1 -- You get your book out there as soon as you are done!

Finish fast, publish fast. That should be your motto.

Don't sit around waiting, pondering, improving. You writing is a work in progress. Get it out there... which leads to the other advantage...

Fold #2

Writing of the 21st century needs to be collaborative.

Once you've proofread your manuscript you have effectively excluding your customer from the process. Dear writer, who is your customer? The reader.

People finally understand that Social Collaboration is the most powerful way to connect with your customer.

Imagine how wonderful your readers will fill if they find your mistakes.

Imagine your reader informing you via Twitter: "Page 1, Par 3, Sentence 3 -- You wrote *beat* instead of *bet*"

Then you thank them, maybe even retweet it.

Your reader will feel connected to you and your writing. They will be your fan for life.

Don't be selfish. Share your work and the process with your fans.

Advantage #2 -- A personal connection between reader and writer

You have a choice. I've shown you what's behind the door. It's up to you to walk through it, or pretend you don't know the truth.

Now, go and write!


  1. Halo,

    I'm hair to mik an appointmint with the Social Colabrador?

    Is their anyone hire? Does anyone chair about my?

  2. This post was such a tease! LOL

  3. Mark, you get an A++ for understanding and walking through the door :)

    Southpaw, thank you for joining the madness called my blog. I should say, there are plenty of self-pubbed authors out there that have taken this BadTip PubTip to heart... Look at all the publicity they've received :) (Sorry for giving you hope... even if it lasted 3.2 seconds)

  4. Pshhhh proofreading...like ANYONE does that. *goes back to rewrites*

  5. I'm pretty sure this is a joke. :) There has to be a lot of typos for a book to bother me. So far, I haven't one that has been so bad that I refuse to read it. Typos happen.

  6. Aloha Writer Guy,

    Where me BadTip #3?

    I follow you four you;re grate eyesight into dis bidness...

  7. @Laura, yes, this is a joke. I have a whole bunch of Bad Pub Tips... which leads me to...

    @Mark, I promise to release one for the launch of the NaNoWriMo!


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