During our April 23rd webinar, which can be viewed here, we learned editing doesn’t really matter, unless you want to sell more than one book. Why? Because poor editing is the #1 complaint in reviews, and those poor reviews will turn into poor sales and a tarnished brand. Proper editing, for both fiction and nonfiction writers, ensures a book will provide a good reading experience, credibility, and professionalism. But editing is more than just grammar and spelling. It includes pacing, character development, voice, timeline, concept development, reading level, etc.
So while you may be a good writer, you may not necessarily be the best editor for your book. You can become “blind” to your own words after a few re-writes. However, know that you have the final say. It is your voice, your work, and your name on the cover. As you look for a professional editor, understand what you’ve contracted for and work to that commitment. Make sure the editor is a good fit by interviewing them and letting them interview you. Review their resume and ask for references. A great source to use when researching your potential editor is http://red-ed.com/.
Bill Van Orsdel, and our special guest Justin Luzader, taught us more than why editing is important and what editing actually involves. Watch the recorded webinar and find out how you can save money on editing, which editing tools are beneficial, and what you should do when working with a professional editor.