Why the Rush?
Why are authors in such a hurry to rush their editing? I have had authors expect a full edit done in a week or two. Why? Because they wanted their book published within a week of when they were done writing it. To them, the writing is the hard part and the most time consuming. But the editing could be even more important and thus should not be rushed.
Good things come to those who wait.
Editing Needs Time
You need to let editing have its time. It can go through several rounds before you have the finished product.
First round edits are the longest. It should be the content edit round. That is where your editor is looking at the bigger parts of the story. Don’t be surprised if he comes back and doesn’t say more than take out a few thousand words or add emotion to the story. This usually means the entire books needs this change. It’s easier than noting the same problem page after page. This round could take a couple of months.
Subsequent rounds depends on the editor and the type of editing you purchased. Content editing is the longest. From there it gets more detailed. It could take three months or even a year.
Importance of Taking Your Time
Anytime you rush something, it is not as good as it could have been. Rushing causes carelessness. You know it’s true. You’ve experienced it many, many times in your life. Taking it slow ensures better quality. The same can be said about your editing.
Rushing through your editing causes you to miss some great ideas. You are too focused on getting it done that you don’t your creative side have any power.