I’ll tell you a little secret. I recently started using a proof reading/editing service for my Kindle books and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only is my chosen service fast and efficient, it is also much cheaper than any comparable service that I have found online. If you are an independent author, looking for an affordable service, I’ll tell you who I am using later in this post.
OK, so why did I take the plunge?
I received an email the other day. Here it is:
I have to laugh at emails (and comments on Amazon) like this because this person seems to be very concerned about my grammar, without caring too much about his own. However, he does make a good point. My grammar is not very good. I blame my English teacher, and my peers as I grew up in Birmingham, UK. I write like I speak (I think). However, blame isn’t very constructive, is it?
This email wasn’t the first time I have been pulled up over grammar and spelling (I was once accused of spelling colour wrong in my newsletter because I used the UK spelling, but that is another story).
Here are a couple of reviews of my Kindle books on Amazon:
Here is a comment someone left in response to someone complaining about errors:
It’s not good to get reviews like this and I can confirm from my own testing that 1 star reviews do hurt book sales.
As Kindle publishing is becoming a big part of my own future, I decided I needed to find an editor/proof-reader for my books, but I didn’t want to pay too much.
There are a lot of services out there, but the ones I found were quite expensive.
Here is one service:
Let’s take my WordPress for Beginners book. That is 39,500 words, roughly, which equates to $513.50 for 7 day turnaround.
If I wanted it in 48 hours, it would be $790.
If, like me, you are just starting out with Kindle publishing, then that is expensive and I can see why people (like me) decide not to hire a professional proof-reader.
Here is another service (the price in the ad is roughly what I’d have to pay for my WordPress book):
.. and here is another one:
These are the first three services I looked at when searching Google. They are also way too expensive.
However, I put out some feelers, and I did get lucky. It turns out that a friend of mine (called Andy Aitch) had just started his own proof-reading service, and his rates were spectacularly low (as a kind of introductory fee).
I tried him out with one of my books and was really impressed with the level of detail and attention (I’ll show you exactly how detailed in the video below). I have now had 5 or my Kindle books proof-read/edited by this guy, and the total cost of all 5 books together was less than the quotes listed above for just the WordPress book.
So how can Andy afford to charge such low prices?
Well, first off, he lives in South East Asia, where the cost of living is much lower.
Secondly, he put together a special deal for me, which fortunately I’ve managed to get him to extend to my newsletter subscribers. He has put together a PDF that you can download from his website that explains what he does, and how much it will cost. You can download it here:
NOTE: I do not make any commissions by recommending Andy’s services, I just want to share a really outstanding resource with you and help Andy out. Also note that he can only proof-read so much in a day, so this offer (and the pricing) will be on a strictly first come, first served basis. He also does proof-reading/editing for authors who are not native English speakers. Whether it’s website content, eBooks or articles for submission, he can do them all (and that is not just for not native speakers, Andy proof reads/edits all types of documents).
I’ve recorded a quick video showing you how the editing process works.
If Andy’s service is something you think would be useful to you, then contact him sooner rather than later. He will get fully booked up very quickly, whether that is via my newsletter recommendation or his own promotion.
Whether it’s a one-off document you need proofing, or regular books (like myself), Andy can handle it. He comes with my highest recommendation.
If you have any comments (even if it is just to tell me I need to get Andy to proof my newsletters), please leave them below. Thanks!