Readers expect to see edited books. If they don’t, they’ll ask for their money back and/or post bad reviews to stop other people from buying your books. Get them edited.
Many authors say they don’t have the time for extensive editing. My response is that you don’t have the option. Editing is crucial if you want success in your writing. Time is what you make of it. If you want your book out in a month, then you are unrealistic. It can take one to six months for good editing to be completed. Make the time. Show you care about the quality of your work.
Good editing does cost money. If you have an experienced editor as a friend, you might get it for free. But if you get it free, you might not be getting quality editing. So many authors decide to skip quality editing due to that expense. But you can save money up. No matter how poor you are, you can put a few bucks aside every month. Find a good editor. Get a quote. Save up.
Editing Vs Proofreading
There is a big difference between editing and proofreading. A large number of authors think that if they have someone review spelling and punctuation that they have had their work edited. You couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Editing tears a story apart and helps to reconstruct it to be even better. Think of it like a sculpture. Whether it is a piece of wood or marble, when the artist starts it doesn’t look like much. They have to go back and back to fine tune it and get it just right. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to see issues. That is editing. It takes a rough piece and polishes it for display.
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