There is something so uniquely painful about reading a self-published novel that had a ton of potential but was published too soon, before it was professionally edited. Massive plot holes, inconsistencies, typos galore- these things flat-out ruin what could have been a great read.
There are a lot of reasons you should consider hiring an editor, and rather than make my first blog on the topic a million words long I thought I’d break it up into a few short posts.
So, here is reason numero uno:
Friends and Family Won’t Be Thorough Enough
Before I started my editing business, friends and family constantly asked me to proofread or edit their various writing endeavors. Here’s a little secret- I didn’t do nearly as thorough of a job as I do now that I’m paid for these services. Sorry guys!
When I was just “your friend with an English degree who’s picky about grammar” I simply didn’t have the time or incentive to dedicate the amount of thoroughness a book edit requires. I’d skim your manuscript, point out obvious errors, and be on my merry way. I had a full-time job and a million other things to do, and after all, I was only doing you a favor, so how much could you really expect?
Would your book be better than it was before I looked it over? Sure. Would it be thoroughly and professionally edited? Ha ha, not even close. Now, when I edit your book, my livelihood and professional reputation is at stake. This is my career. I pride myself on doing the most thorough, perfectionist and professional editing job possible. I’m constantly seeking out more copy-editing training. I love to zoom in eagle-eye style on the smallest of errors while always simultaneously keeping the big picture in mind- how your story feels, what it means, how it could be better while remaining 100% your story.
I want your repeat business and referrals, and I want the satisfaction of knowing I’m very good at my job. Every professional freelance editor I know feels this way. That cousin of yours who’s a good speller, on the other hand? Probably not.