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Questions of Self-Editing

Posted by Charles Gray on November 29, 2013

What if Your You Can’t Afford and  an Editor?


Self-publishing is a rapidly growing part of the literary world. With outlets such as Amazon’s Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) and Smashwords, it’s easier than ever before to get a book published.

But it may not be easy to get the book edited. Editors, especially good ones, cost money, and not all authors can afford that. And yet, many self-publishing sites tell you that you must have an editor.

Well, they are partially right.  A good editor will almost always improve the end product.  Make no mistake about it, someone who edits their own book will always miss something. It may be big, it may be small, but it will be there. In fact many professional writers have spoken of the big pitfall that awaits the truly successful—getting to the level where editors are worried about correcting them.

But a bad editor?  You’re better off with none. After all, you have to be able to trust your editor and a bad editor is just giving you bad advice that you either have to go over again and again or ignore.  Worst of all, you may not realize it’s bad advice. That gets you back to needing to pay for an good editor and you may not have the money to do so.

So, the first step is to consider what you can do yourself.  Derbhile Dromey has some excellent suggestions to consider.  After you’ve read them, come back for the next blogpost and we’ll talk about the nuts and bolts of self-editing, and how you may be able to get some help doing it, even if you can’t find a good editor that is within your price range.




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