Proofreading Payoffs

Previously, I mentioned that I might have some kind of reward for finding issues in my book when released. This post will explain.

But before the details, I probably should explain why it’s needed. Well, not technically needed, but desired. Most self-published books look like they were self-published. And, more importantly, they read like they were written by someone who, well, doesn’t really know how to write.

Even with established writers published via a publisher, they will usually say that their first book wasn’t exactly an example of their finest hour1.

But, I want to become a professional writer2. And, professional writers hone their craft. We always want to improve our writing.

Further, I’m a perfectionist from the word go, so there’s two reasons to offer a bounty on issues.

Things I’m Looking For

I’m looking for issues. Any kind of issue. Here are a few types, but it’s not a complete list:

  • Typos Errors which are probably just oversights.
  • Structure Issues with how the book handles subjects, or ordering of thoughts.
  • Errors of fact These are when I say something that is either untrue or misleading.
  • Biblical issues When a Scripture quotation is wrong, or out of context.
  • Context issues Where a sentence, paragraph, or other really should be in a footnote rather than in the main text.
  • Context problems Where a sentence, paragraph, or other really doesn’t belong where it is.
  • And there are probably many more.

Naturally, I’ll be the one who decides if it’s really an issue. If someone objects to a serial comma3, I’ll probably not count it. But, if I’m missing a serial comma, that counts.


To count towards a person’s total findings, it has to:

  • You have to buy the book, vs. borrowing a copy or getting it from the Amazon lending library.
    • However, people who don’t actually buy it still get credit at three-for-one (three issues with a free copy equals one issue from a purchaser.)
    • You’re on your honor here, because I can’t actually tell if you bought it or not.
  • Written by a subscriber. (I have to limit this due to the large amount of spam I get. But, I’ll never abuse a subscriber’s mailbox or name.
  • Have been written as a comment on this page.
    • Comments that are written on another page may get referenced here. Those will count as well.
  • You have to be the first person to find your issue. If two people find the same one within a couple hours of each other, I’ll probably count both. But, otherwise, sorry, the first person gets credit.
  • Only the most recent revision (or edition) of the book is eligible.

In my reply, I’ll add the phrase “this counts towards PP.” at the end of my first reply. (If there’s a discussion that goes longer than my first reply, I’ll go back and edit when I decide it counts.)


I decided to be cute regarding the number required for payoff. So, I pay the first dollar for three4 issues. The second dollar is for seven5 more issues (total of ten.) The third dollar (and the point where I’m losing money) is for when someone adds twelve6 more (total of twenty-two.) Finally, if you hit a total of forty 7, I’ll pay the last buck, and consider offering you a job editing my next book. And firing myself as editor. 🙂


Finally, you have to want the dollar. I can envision a lot of people who don’t want to cash a check 8 for a buck.

So, for people who don’t want to impoverish 9 me, I’ll come up with some kind of non-cash reward, like a title or something. I’m toying with some kind of leader-board, like online games sometimes have.

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