Some new writers who are entering the ever-expanding self-publishing arena may try and cut corners. Thinking they don’t need an editor. Well, having faced this dilemma myself when I was a newbie I’m here to tell you this:
Don’t even think about it!
A good editor, in addition to fixing grammar,punctuation and spelling mistakes, can also help make your story better by finding plot holes. Notice how I said good editor. There are a lot of bad editors out there, and when you’re first getting started it may be difficult to tell the difference between a keeper and someone who isn’t pulling their weight.
I’ve had this issue, and it took me years before I found an ideal editor. Experience is the best teacher, and after a few bad experiences it becomes easier to weed out the bad editors.
So don’t skip out on finding a good editor, beta-readers are fine, but should be used in addition to a solid editor.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.