Well, it’s been awhile since I posted anything. Then I thought of something, which I’d been thinking over the holidays. When my stories are finished and self-edited, I intend to hire a professional editor. When I first began writing, someone told me, “We fall in love with our words, and never know how our stories look until someone else reads them.” That person was right. No matter how many times we rewrite scenes, we get so attached to our choice of verbs, nouns and adjectives that we forget that other people will eventually read our stories.
Some authors choose not to consult editors; they’re expensive and some are not as credible as they claim to be. Traditionally published authors don’t have to worry about this, since their publishers have editors. Indie authors, however, don’t have this luxury. They should hire an editor, since they are on their own with getting their book out there. I happen to be going down the indie path.
I debated hiring an editor until recently. I’ve been reading a short story by an author friend whose name shall remain anonymous. This author has self-published two stories and is working on a third. The author also told me they did not go through an editor. As I’ve been reading the story it’s obvious that an editor was not used. There is more telling than showing, as well as grammatical errors, which could’ve been caught by an editor. Furthermore, I found some reviews that noted these weaknesses. I have concluded that I don’t want to end up in this situation. It’s worth the time and money to get your story professionally polished. Hence, I am going to use an editor.
But that’s not the only reason I will use an editor. Other reasons include the following:
- I need a second opinion
- I want my stories to be the best they can be
- No matter how many times I self-edit, there will be errors that I just couldn’t find
- I’m an indie writer; I need all the help I can get
I’ve read other stories that were not professionally edited. I found numerous errors that irked me, as well as other readers (I’m sure). I don’t want to make that same mistake. As indie authors, we are on our own. Our decision to choose a professional editor can make or break our stories. Sure, you have to do your research on editors and they’ll set you back a month’s rent or more. But in the end, they are worth it.