A good editor – worth their weight in Gold

Worth their weight in gold

I don’t know about you, but often I am too close to my work to see how it can be improved. I write and edit and refine it myself, and even show it to others, send it to critique partners. All this helps move my manuscript that little bit closer to being ready for publication. None of this costs any money.

One step that many people don’t talk about is paying an editor to critique your work.

Most recently, I have used the services of the amazing Julie Hedlund to critique my Princess story to get it ready to submit to a competition. You can read all about her services here.

My critique partners are also invaluable, however there are some benefits to using a professional editor to critique your work. These include:

  • a good editor will be an expert in your genre. When they are making suggestions for improvement, they know what they are talking about.
  • a good editor will be honest. They are unlikely to say your work is fabulous, when it’s really not.
  • a good editor will be able to present their critique in a professional way. They won’t be nasty about anything that needs changing.
  • a good editor will have a proven track record. They will have worked with successful authors in your genre.

This is not to say that you won’t have critique partners who can do the same. One other thing I found with a professional editor is that they will spend more time on their critique as you are paying for their time.

These are just a few points about paying an editor to critique your work. Do you have any points you can add? Remember, if you are looking for an editor, do your research, shop around, and find someone who you connect with and suits your budget – but this is a topic for another blog post.

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