by Monica L. Stephens-Logan
(South. Charleston, OH)

Question: Should book endorsements be edited by an editor?

Answer: You should get the person giving the endorsement to approve of all edits or corrections made to their words. That way, they cannot embarrass you later by claiming they were misquoted.

Beyond that, there are times when a few errors are not a bad thing.

The key to endorsements is that they should lend credibility to your book. If your endorsement is from an ordinary reader (someone who is neither famous nor an expert in the same field as the book), then small mistakes in spelling, grammar, or punctuation can actually make the endorsement seem more genuine. This is also true about endorsements from children.

Even if you correct some obvious errors in order to make the endorsement more readable, you may still want to retain the writer's colloquialisms or idiosyncratic style. Endorsements that are too polished, with formal language, can sound phoney if they are supposed to be coming from an average reader.

On the other hand, if your endorsement is from someone with expertise or celebrity, and you happen to notice a spelling or grammar mistake, you may want to prepare an edited version and show it to them, so they can approve. Not only will this help your credibility, but you will be supporting their credibility as well, for which they should be grateful.

Just remember, the person giving the endorsement has the last word on what they can be quoted as having said. You, of course, should select only those endorsements that you feel give your book credibility and reject the rest.

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