The importance of having some OTHER person review your manuscript

Dan AlatorreI love my beta readers, and because I do, I want them to get the cleanest MS (manuscript) possible – so I stated using a proofreader. This is fairly new to me; my betas used to catch all my typos.

Whether your betas catch them or a proofreader, an editor – let’s face it: when you write 50,000 words (or 80k or 100k) THERE ARE GOING TO BE TYPOS.

I looked at the following passage after the proofreader sent it back with an error flagged.

I looked at it a few times – I couldn’t see the error.

It was only because she pointed it out with a comment that I saw what I’d written.

Time wrap up this party

should be

time to wrap up this party



Well sure, YOU can see it – but I didn’t. Because I knew what I wrote. My eye saw the right words and my brain read them, even though they weren’t there.

That’s … annoying.

But it’s a lesson for all of us. OTHERS can see our mistakes better than we can, so encourage people to find them in your MS and point them out – including readers. Why not? We’re all human. I’ve seen typos in traditionally published paperbacks of major authors’ works. It happens.

It’ll happen less if you get people to help you.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

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