Do You Need an Editor For Your Book?

Do you need to find an experienced editor to edit your manuscript?
You’ve spent the last 18 months locked away in a room writing your first book. When your manuscript was completed you then spent a further six months self-editing and umpteen revisions. Your family and friends, who kept getting bizarre voicemail messages every time they called, are overjoyed when you finally make your first public appearance after two years. You present each of them with a draft of your manuscript which you proudly proclaim your magnum opus. A fortnight later your mother and two remaining friends finish ‘critiquing’ your manuscript and bake you cakes while telling you how proud they are that you are practically a famous writer.

Chuffed as meatballs with your positive book reviews, you decide to submit your manuscript to whatever publishers you can find online. You even set up a chair by the window so you can capture the moment the letter from a commissioning editor arrives. A month later you haven’t received a single response from a publisher. Three months later, still nothing. Six months pass and all you’ve received is a solitary rejection letter. Armed with a fresh list of publishers, you submit your manuscript to them, convinced that at least one of the publishers will recognise your burgeoning writing talent and publish your book.

Six months, and four rejection letters later, you realise your chances of landing a lucrative book deal have slipped away. So you fling your manuscript to the furthest reaches of the broom closet while you have a full blown existential crisis and decide you are not a writer after all. Worse, a starker realisation dawns on you that you can’t even get a job collecting trolleys at the local supermarket because of ‘gaps’ in your resume which further adds to your despair. A dark night of the soul has well and truly descended upon you.

The ‘failed writer’ archetype, with a drawer full of rejection letters from publishers, has become something of an outworn cliché. Traditional publishers known in certain circles as ‘gate-keepers’ have rained on the parade of many an aspiring writer. But with advances in print on demand (POD) technology and self-publishing companies popping up everywhere it has meant that writers can self-publish their own book. Just because this technology allows anyone to publish their own book doesn’t mean that they should.

Perhaps all the above writer needed was the guidance of a developmental editor. Freelance editors are the new ‘gate-keepers’ in a sense as traditional publishers cut their editorial staff. In the past it was common for a book to go through three different editors and seven or eight passes before being sent off to the printers. Traditional publishers are most likely to assign you only one editor now to see your manuscript through each phase of publication. The game has changed but writers haven’t quite caught up with this brave new world of publishing.

The bottom line is that publishers don’t have the resources they once had to edit your book. They expect you to have had your manuscript professionally edited before you submit it to them. Self-editing and a running quick spell check of your manuscript doesn’t quite cut it and can never take the place of an experienced editor or manuscript assessment. Neither will critique groups made up of friends or fellow writers. If you are serious about your work and want your book to reach as wide an audience as possible then you should hire an editor.

Why Hire an Editor?

Clarity – Our line editors are tasked to ensure that your words make sense. Hiring an editor to undertake a line edit will help you with grammar, punctuation, style and syntax and improve your overall writing.

Development – Our developmental editors can help you develop and refine your ideas. Beta readers, critique partners and writers circles have their place but should not be used in place of a developmental editor.

Objectivity – Our editors always undertake to be objective when editing your manuscript. Family and friends who critique your work most likely won’t have the necessary editing skills to pinpoint flaws in your manuscript.

Experience – If your car broke down you wouldn’t go to a mate who is an electrician and get him to fix it. Why would you consider doing such a thing with your book? Having your manuscript assessed or edited requires the skill and experience of a professional editor.

Image – As a writer, you should be concerned about your public image. Readers will not be so forgiving if they purchase a book filled with grammatical errors, typos and factual mistakes. An experienced editor will pick up on these and take your manuscript from its unedited state and polish it into a book that shines.

Language– Our book editors are native English speakers and understand the nuances of the English language.

Resources – Publishers no longer have the resources or editorial teams they once had to edit manuscripts. In years past, it was common practice for a manuscript to go through at least six or seven passes. Now publishers expect that writers will have had their manuscripts professionally edited before they submit it to them.

Specialisation – Writers do not make the best editors. Their job is to get words down first and foremost. Writers are also not very good at spotting their own errors. Often these errors are hidden in plain sight. An experienced copy editor will be able to spot these straight away.

Success – Our editing services can greatly improve your chances of getting published.

Time – Hiring an editor will save you time (and frustration!) which could be better spent writing.

Our editing services can improve your chances of getting published. Submit your manuscript below to hire an editor to edit or proofread your book.

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