I just received my manuscript back from the lovely Samantha Gordon of Invisible Ink Editing and I am astonished over how many subtle details I’ve missed, even after staring at the damn thing for the better part of this past year. So many little items that can easily be changed (and one not so little plot hole that can be changed but not easily) evaded me but she picked it up immediately. A good editor is worth their weight in gold.
She’s not the first person to give the ole manuscript a solid look over. Over the past year and a half I’ve had several people read it and critique it and edit it
I couldn’t be happier with the results and I hope to be able to use her again for my future editing needs. But as I sit here at my computer trying to turn this thing into a finished project, all I can think about is how important editors, reviewers, critique partners, and beta readers really are. Everybody who has read my book has contributed something that I wouldn’t have been able to see, something that has made the story better in some way. It reminds me of that old expression
Anyone out there who is thinking about self-publishing and wants to save money by not having editors, you’re wasting your time. Not having an editor (ideally multiple editors) look over your book is like not having a lawyer representing you when you’re in court, or not having an agent representing you when negotiating a book deal. It’s just unwise.