Reading your work several times is one of the most important things you can do before publishing. You can find spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, fix dull sentences, elaborate on something, and even delete some sentences. I have read several books by fantastic authors, yet they still have spelling mistakes. Maybe not that many, but some self-published authors leave a trail of mistakes behind. I was on an interviewing site one day, and was reading self-pubbed authors interviews. One of the required things was to post an excerpt of your book. I was reading one, and was actually horrified at all the mistakes I was finding. Almost every sentence had misspelled words, grammar mistakes, and messed up quotations.
I read The Impenetrable Spy at least 15 times before publishing, once out loud to my dad. Reading your book to someone is VERY important. You can find mistakes that you normally wouldn't find this way. I liked reading my book because it was entertaining, and I got to laugh at myself for some of my sentences. Like this one, "Two men stood in the center of the room terrorizing a blindfolded man with torn up clothing." What, were the terrorists holding up torn up clothing as a form of torture? Read your work before publishing, it will help a lot. Remember, Don't Rush to Publush.
Spencer Brokaw published his first book The Impenetrable Spy in 2011 at age 12. He enjoys writing and plans on creating a series. He resides in Ohio and enjoys swimming, golfing, playing the drums, and reading.