I wish I would have done this sooner.
No doubt this is advice you have heard before. I have heard it before but until very recently I never did anything about it. I scoffed at the thought. There is no difference to reading in your head and reading out loud so why look like a weirdo to your family or roommates and mumbled to yourself about your book. You should do it for one solid reason.
I have found that reading out loud makes it harder to skip over the mistakes. It’s easier to notice tense errors or repeated phrases when you are saying the words out loud. The formatting errors make it harder to say out loud and force you to stop and think about what went wrong. As I read through Catalyst I believe I found more to fix because I was reading it out loud.
Also, it felt really good to read my book out loud to my little boy. Even though he didn’t know what was going on and spent a fair amount of time trying to eat the book I still loved it.
Reading out loud is also good practise for if you end up having to make your own audio book. Which may be something I have to do. I’ve looked up a few companies that help out self published authors with this but so far the services are not available in Canada. I have had multiple people ask me when the book is coming out in audio format but now it seems the only way I can get it out there is to read it myself. Which means I have to practise reading out loud. Let me know if you know of a another company that works in Canada to help self published authors.
Now stop reading this and go read that book of your out loud.
Eviscerate: Book 3 in the Ronos Trilogy
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