The Editing Myth

dreamstime_14649214On Indies Unlimited: Food for thought by Melissa Bowersock about her experience with being edited (or not, actually) by traditional publishers versus the editorial control she has as an indie author.

Although for most authors, I recommend hiring a professional editor, at the minimum, get your manuscript in front of beta readers who can give you honest, thorough critiques and fresh eyes to catch errors. As Martin Crosbie has frequently written in his posts and in his book, How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle: An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook, we indie authors have a larger target on our backs than traditionally published authors. Therefore it’s up to us to ensure that we’re producing the best quality product that we can.

Your thoughts, as always, are welcome.

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About laurieboris

Writer, editor, proofreader, stand-up comedian in another life.
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3 Responses to The Editing Myth

  1. Shared it again ‘coz it’s sooo good.

  2. acflory says:

    There may well be a few rare individuals who can produce brilliant work without the benefit of outside help, but I know I’m not one. Sometimes I just can’t see the forest for the trees, or the words for the vision. :)

  3. Laurie, thanks for spreading the word. Here’s hoping more writers will look for their own best process rather than wait for hand-holding that may not pan out quite the way they expect.

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