Five Ways to Uphold Your Reputation by Kathy Ide

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Five Ways to Uphold Your Reputation by Kathy Ide

As a published author or a wanna-be author, it is important to establish and uphold your professional image. My guest, Kathy Ide, offers some wise advice on how to uphold your reputation.



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The buzz word in publishing is platform. But did you know that having mistakes in your manuscript can affect your reputation and platform?

Mechanical errors can give an unprofessional appearance to publishers and readers.

Even if your manuscript has already been accepted by a traditional publishing house, if their in-house editor has to spend all her time fixing your mistakes, she won’t be able to catch the deeper, more subtle nuances of your text. Besides, you won’t be presenting a very polished, professional image to your publisher.

Mechanical errors can be embarrassing.

A friend of mine once picked up a book at a bookstore and noticed a typo on the back cover. When she reported it to our critique group, she didn’t say she’d found a mistake on a book published by “XYZ Publishers.” She said she found the mistake on a “Jane Doe” novel. She didn’t connect the error to the publishing house but to the author.

Mechanical errors may cause readers to take you and your message less seriously.

I once saw a published article with this title: “Crowe Turns Hero to Help Snake Bite Boy.” The story was about actor Russell Crowe helping a boy who’d been bitten by a snake. But by spelling snakebite as two words, this sentence implies that Mr. Crowe helped a snake bite a boy! Now, I got a good laugh out of that. But I sure don’t want those kinds of mistakes showing up in my own writing. Upholding Your Reputation 2 Dollarphotoclub_64132615

Mechanical errors can affect the sales of your book.

Readers who find a lot of mistakes in your book will not be as likely to recommend that book to their friends. And who knows? You may have a high school English teacher reading your book, and she just might recommend it to her students . . . unless there are a lot of mistakes in it.

Mechanical errors can give you a poor reputation.

If you self-publish, or work with a small, independent publisher that doesn’t proofread carefully, your book may go out to the public with several typos, inconsistencies, or PUGS (punctuation, usage, or grammar) errors. Readers who catch those mistakes may consider you an amateur.

For a lot of avid readers, typos practically jump off the page. And many are familiar with the rules of punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. If your reader knows the rules and you don’t, that’s not going to make you look very good.

If you have a hard time finding typos, inconsistencies, and “PUGS” errors in your writing, consider hiring a professional proofreader. A careful proofread might make a life-or-death difference for your manuscript.

About the author:

Kathy IdeKathy Ide is a published author/ghostwriter, editor/mentor, and writers’ conference speaker. Her latest book is Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. To order, visit Kathy is the founder and coordinator of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network ( and the Christian Editor Connection ( To find out more, visit


  1. I had my first experience with an editor about a year and a half ago. Denise Loock took my hand, held my heart, and strengthened every page of my book, The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife. I learned so much from her. I know my book is stronger because of the editing process. I also believe my writing and my spirit is stronger because of learning to yield my words and my work to the expertise of another.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with Kathy. When I see typos in a book, article, or website, it distracts me from the message of the author. It can cause me to lose the author’s train of thought and have to review what I’ve just read. Kathy was instrumental in helping me with my first book which is now published as 999 Years After Armageddon.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Ray! Typos bug me too! You can’t proofread too carefully.

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