Reasons you Need an Editor
As an author, you will more than likely need an editor.
Handing your book over to an editor does not mean handing your work over to be completely changed
There are a multitude of different editors; for example, copy editors, developmental editors and so on. Copy editors will simply review your work, correcting any grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. This review could be the difference between a good and a bad book. If you’re sceptical about hiring an editor, continue reading…
Your words may not make sense:
Everything you have written, from plot to characters to settings, may make sense in your head but may not translate well on paper. This may mean that you have failed to articulate your ideas correctly, or in a way that makes sense. An editor will review this and help you fix this issue; from a critical perspective. They will ensure your book is suitable for everyone to read and that it is all clear to the reader.
Editors help you reassess aspects of your book:
Editors will not hesitate to ask you questions. These questions can help you reassess your writing and particular aspects within your book. An editor can easily determine any weak parts within your book and target questions at those sections. The questions they ask will be insightful to you and help you know what needs improving or explaining further.
They will be honest:
Professional editors will recognise your strengths and weaknesses. They will target your weaknesses and how to improve them; as well as perhaps enhancing your particular strengths. If you know your specific weaknesses and how to improve these within your writing, your book can immediately be made better. Alongside this, if you are aware of your strengths you can exploit these in the same book or perhaps in future writing.
It's obvious when your book has and hasn't been edited:
People will be able to tell if your book has been edited. They will also be able to tell if it has been well-edited or poorly edited. It is entirely up to you what you do in terms of editing your book; but your readers will more than likely be able to tell. Editing will determine the quality of your book and the writing; which then determines the popularity.
Some will choose to not hire an editor, whilst others will. It is a completely personal preference what you choose to do in terms of editing; it has the chance to make or break your book.
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