3 Reasons Why Editors Are Necessary for Serious Writers by Fiona Tarr
I recently published my debut historical fiction novel and the most important lesson I learned along the way was that as writers, we simply shouldn’t skimp on the editing. Well I shouldn’t in any case.
So here are my 3 reasons why editors are necessary:
1. Editors help avoid embarrassment.
2. Editors ensure you present the best work you possibly can.
3. Editors read the story with a critical eye no one else can provide.
How did I learn my lesson?
I discovered this vital information after I sent my book out to a number of reviewers and received some awesome feedback. One reviewer, Mishka, gave me 4 stars out of 5, but...you know there is always a but. She said she would have given me 5 stars with a more thorough edit.
Another reviewer said he could see the story would be a good read, but he found the editing distracted him from the story. He now has the new fully edited version and has rescheduled the review.
This experience was a little embarrassing and a lesson that I had to learn the hard way. I really thought I had covered all bases. I had asked writers, readers and friends to read the book and help with the edit. I even had my librarian, grammar crazy mum edit the book, but even she missed some major errors. I realized that most people who proofread unfinished work for author friends don’t really read with a critical eye. Additionally, the average reader doesn’t necessarily know the intricate details of editing; only that something doesn’t seem to sound quite right, but not the reasons why. I have come to realize that editors are professionals, who have been trained to read our work and find the errors without getting too lost in the story. I was a little afraid of spending money on editing and to be honest, I still can’t be sure I will ever make my investment back, but at the end of the day, there is no point publishing semi-finished work. Be the very best you can be; consider getting your manuscript edited.
I would love to hear your stories on editing.
As Fiona said, comment on the thread below. We want to hear about your experiences in editing, and what valuable lessons you've learned on your writing journey. :)
Guest Blogger Bio
I am a multiple small business owner, married for 26 years and have two boys, 14 and 22. I grew up in regional South Australia and still enjoy my space. I now live in Queensland where I kite-surf and Stand up Paddle surf for fun; Australia has some awesome beaches. I love writing so much that I have a number of blogs and along with writing fiction, I also run a small business consulting blog where I share loads of free tips for small business owners. One day I will write that self-help book, but it will be about small business development, not how to raise your kids or anything like that.
I have studied community development, theology and I am still trying to finish a communications degree in my spare time. It always amazes me how fate offers us all the tools we need to do what we were always meant to do.
Writer's Blog: http://atime2write.com.au