How and when do you feel you should have a professional editor work on your manuscript?
Is it before submitting it to literary agents?
Or, if you’re self-publishing, before you publish?
Or never? Do you think that your own self-editing will do the job? Or do you have a friend or colleague who can do a professional-level editing job on your manuscript?
As M.J. Rose, bestselling author (not an editor) says, “If your goal is to sell books, get readers, and build word of mouth -- you absolutely need professional help. If Lee Child, Sara Gruen, Laura Lippman and Jennifer Weiner all get edited, can self-published authors afford not to do the same thing?”
M.J.’s answer is no. She started her career by self-publishing and the quality of her stories launched her as a bestseller.
Please give me your views in the comments.
© 2014 Ray Rhamey