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So, you did it. You reached the finish line, and you now have a draft manuscript for your faith-based book. Give yourself a pat on the back. Seriously. You’ve managed to do something that many attempt but few accomplish.

Before you start stuffing your book into manila envelopes and mailing it out to publishers, though, there’s one last step. You need an editor.

You may not like to hear this, but the editor of your book is almost as important as you, the writer, are. That’s why you’ve got to choose one carefully. Don’t just hand your book over to your spouse, your mom or even your best friend. Instead, put it in the hands of someone who can actually polish it.

The first round of editing you need is called a content edit. You need someone to read through your manuscript and check it for inconsistencies, weak points, missing information, and other major issues. When choosing an editor to do this for you, carefully consider that editor’s background. If your book is targeted at experts, then you want someone knowledgeable about your topic to edit it. If your book is targeted to the masses, then perhaps you need a skilled editor who’s not as knowledgeable about your topic, and who can edit from the perspective of someone who’s learning about it for the first time.

After these edits have been made, you should be ready to ship it off to publishers. If, however, you’re going to be self-publishing your book, then there’s one more step. You need a line edit, which is exactly what it sounds like. You need someone to go through your manuscript line-by-line, checking for typos, missing punctuation, and things of that nature.

For this, you simply need the assistance of a skilled proofreader. You should be able to find one easily by hiring one through popular websites like Upwork and Fiverr. When hiring your proofreader, look into their professional experience and have them provide a sample. This should give you a good indication of how clean they’ll be able to get your manuscript.

Once they’re done and the corrections have been made, you have cause for celebration.

You’ve written your first faith-based book.

Blast Writer’s Block by getting an editor.  Knowing you have an editor in place will stop you from feeling you have to catch every mistake as you go.

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