Welcome to another Empowering Post for Christian Writerpreneurs.
I am Felecia Killings, award-winning coach and Founder of the Christian Writerpreneurs Movement. Our mission is to empower you for effective work as a new author and speaker, helping you build a business or ministry around your authorship.
Each week, I share a FREE empowering lesson that helps you better understand the science behind your new career as a professional author or speaker. These teachings pull directly from our award-winning online school, LiyahAmore University.
And each lesson provides you a small taste of what you can experience when you become an official scholar.
For today's lesson, I want to touch upon a crucial element in the self-publishing industry. Quite often, when new writers enter the field, they jump into this venture head-first. They construct their manuscript without real guidance; and they fail to consider important factors that can help them avoid costly mistakes in the near future.
One of the most crucial elements includes finding the right editor for your manuscript. It's important to know that not all editors and proofreaders are the same. Some are skilled in certain areas, and within The Felecia Killings Foundation, we've worked to connect you with experts who specialize in the self-help, Christian publishing industry.
This leads me into my special announcement for today. This week, my featured guest expert is Leanne Wickham. She is a professional copy editor and proofreader stationed in New Zealand. And she has recently partnered with our brand to bring you the best editing services in the market.
Towards the end of this lesson, you will have a chance to connect with her directly for all your editing needs; and as you will come to learn in this Empowering Post, having the right editor on your self-publishing team will make all the difference in the world.
So, without further delay, let's spend some time discussing the importance of hiring the right editor. In this lesson, I will teach you to know the difference between various editorial services and how each phase works to help you produce a polished product.
Now, let's get started!
The Basics: Why You Need a Professional Editor
The editing process is the second most important element of your publishing venture. (The first is to find a quality writing coach, who will help you map your story.)
An editor will ensure your manuscript flows well for your readers. In essence, she helps determine which content is pertinent to your overall work and which content can be removed.
For example, while you may be great at understanding a particular topic, you may not know how well you convey that message. How you understand your material is not how your audience will comprehend it.
Whereas you are presumably capable of writing your own books, you do not necessarily have the skills to edit it for the book's overall quality and performance.
I know...harsh...but it's the truth. There's a reason why editing comes into play and actually serves as the most expensive portion of your publishing process.
A professional editor will look at your work objectively. He or she is not concerned with your personal feelings because the goal is to produce a work that will sell to a particular audience.
This is what you want to keep in mind when bringing on an editor; and in this next section, I will teach you the process for acquiring the right one.
Steps You Can Take to Find the Right Editor
The Difference in Editorial Services and Knowing What You're Paying For
When working with new authors, they assume all editors perform the same tasks for every project. But in the publishing industry, there are levels of editing you must know. Each stage in the process will determine how much you will pay to polish your manuscript. Let's review these phases now.
Don't Neglect the Weightier Matters
Far too many new Christian Authors refuse to hire editing services, particularly because of the price associated with it.
But you don't want to make that mistake. In fact, Amazon is cracking down on independent works that lack in expert editing.
You can't get away from the need for this service, especially if you want to be taken seriously as a professional Christian Author. And I'm happy to share with you that The Foundation has partnered with an expert editor who can deliver quality services to you.
Red Pencil Proofreading and Editing Services Ltd
Beloved, allow me to introduce you to Leanne Wickham. She is a freelance proofreader and copy editor who offers high-quality editorial services for new and established authors.
As a proofreader, she checks for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and more. As a copy editor, she will check all of the above as well as improve the flow of the manuscript, making it easier to read by removing redundant words and jargon. She will check for inconsistencies in dates, names, and style; and may also do/suggest a rewrite, if necessary, to fix any problems to ensure the style of the piece fits with your targeted audience.
Her mission is to provide high-quality editorial services, personalized to meet your needs.
I'm so pleased to have her affiliated with our brand. And as a scholar in LiyahAmore University, you will have access to her editorial brilliance based on her affordable rates.
I asked Leanne Wickham of Red Pencil to proofread the second book in a series I had written. Her attention to detail and sorting our rogue sentences was amazing. As a writer, it helped me distil my writing to lead the reader in the right direction or misdirect them depending on what I wanted to achieve. The book Revelation would not have been nearly as good without her valuable input and professionalism, and certainly wouldn’t have been ready for publication. -- Mark Innes-Jones
Beloved, that is all I have for you today. I pray this teaching was insightful and empowering.
If you know you want to see your story published this year, do not hesitate to receive the proper training that will make your dream a reality. Our award-winning online school, LiyahAmore University, is the solution.
I know how overwhelming it can be to start this journey as a writerpreneur. You don't exactly know where to go or how to reach your goals, but you know you want to see them realized.
I want to encourage you today to know that the answers are right before you. Let me help you on this path. Here's how to get started.
Trying to build a thriving writing ministry as a new and aspiring Christian Author is incredibly challenging. But the best support comes from those who are willing to share their knowledge with you.
Take the next step and enroll in the only online school for writers like you, LiyahAmore University. This training program has helped numerous authors transform from average writers into dynamic writerpreneurs.
I launched this school in October 2016, and have since worked with Christian Authors from around the world, helping them to build a business or ministry around their authorship. The lessons inside the school are based on best online business practices that have enabled online entrepreneurs to thrive.
Today, as a result of applying the lessons to my own platform, my content reaches millions each month. I've built a loyal following and have established a solid brand in the market.
Each year, LiyahAmore University receives new lessons that take our scholars higher on their journey. And best of all, once you are a student, you remain one for life at no additional cost!
The majority of new and aspiring Christian Authors assume that because God gave them the vision to write a book, then it's up to God to put everything together. They fail to realize that the success of their ministry is based on their training.
There are five pillars that Christian Authors generally lack:
And without them, these writers are destined to fail. While you can work towards finding the answers and solutions yourself, it will take you years to cultivate your business and brand, just as it did with me and with other experts who paved the way for Christian Authors like you.
But you can avoid this stress when you enroll in LiyahAmore University.
With just 90 days of pure dedication (or you can work at your own pace), you can experience the benefits that my school has to offer you. You will learn how to:
Best of all, you will be among a small percentage of independent Christian Authors whose writing ministry will not fail.
So, enroll today! It will be the best decision you make for your newfound career and ministry.
And as always, Beloved, let's grow together!
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