Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Do Authors Need Editors?

Okay, so I have to share this excellent article I found by Dick Margulis that you can read here: Editor-Author Relationship. It’s called “The Editor-Author Relationship: Five Reasons Why Self-publishing Authors Need an Editor.”

It really should say ALL authors need an editor, self-published or otherwise. It’s so true! I’m glad Dick wrote this so I didn’t have to (because if I’d written it, some of my authors might think I was targeting them even though that couldn’t be farther from the truth).

No one’s manuscript is perfect, not even my own. I’m not afraid to admit that, being an editor myself. Sometimes my eyes see things the way I meant to type them and not as I actually typed them. My editors are on my team. An editor’s goal is to present the author’s work in the best light possible, making the author look that much better! Sometimes an editor will give the author advice about additional points that could be made that the author might have overlooked. They work hard even though it’s likely that their efforts won’t be credited within the pages of that book. It doesn’t matter.

Editors may attempt to teach authors ways to improve their writing, but we are not your high school English teacher, as Dick says, “[rapping] your knuckles for forgetting some arcane rule.” So don’t fear the editing process; embrace it!

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