So You Think You Don’t Need an Editor–Part Two

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In my previous article, So You Think You Don’t Need an Editor–Part One, I talked about how your editor is a fresh pair of eyes to go over your manuscript and give it the polish it needs to become a successful book.

I understand money is an issue for many of you. However, unless you are one of the very few lucky writers who lands a deal with a traditional publisher, you will probably have to invest your own money into producing your book. Typically, a good editor will charge one to two cents per word. So, for an 80,000 to 100,000 word manuscript, you could be spending $800 to $2000.

I know. It’s a lot of money. Therefore, you may be tempted to take some shortcuts. My advice? Don’t do it! Asking your friends, your cousin, your spouse or your mom to do your editing may seem like a good alternative. However, they would need to have experience in journalism, teaching English, or other professional writing experience in order to be qualified for the job. You would never your best friend to work on your car if he or she had no experience in auto repair. So why would you ask someone who isn’t qualified to edit your manuscript?

Nowadays anyone with a smartphone can write a manuscript and upload it to Amazon Kindle. As a result, the market has been inundated with poorly written books. So, do you want four and five star reviews? If so, then you need a  professional book editor, because nothing will end your writing career faster than a poorly-written book with bad reviews.

Gayle Martin