To Edit, or Not To Edit … why is this even debated?

“Editors should not be a substitute for the planning, writing, and hard work that goes into writing. Handing the cleanest manuscript possible to an editor will keep her focused on the big ideas rather than having to make corrections on mistakes that could have ans should have already been fixed.”                                                                                                                                          J. Thorn                                                                                                 c/o Writers Digest’s Newsletter

I found this quote extremely poetic. Having had to go through a very lengthy search for an independent editor for two of my three series’ books – Cat Calls and The OLD & the NEW, there were times when I fell into hubris thoughts. (1) My book’s are amazingly perfect already, after all … I read their completed manuscripts 6x’s before I sent them off to my beta readers. (2) Okay, even though my betas found ‘some’ errors … I took their advice/corrections under advisement – and NOW they’re perfectly suitable for Indy-publication. (3) Waiting for an editor to get back to me after reading my work (when I know it’s perfect) and taking their critiques to heart will take too much time. My readers ‘deserve’ the next book – asap!

Well, I’m happy to say that although those prideful thoughts still remain tempting … I fully embrace each and every step in the process of becoming – and remaining – an author that holds her readers enjoyment uppermost in her thoughts. Writing is a business of entertainment after-all. And we all know that entertainment usually comes at a cost. As the ‘entertainer’, I pay with the time it takes to perfect my manuscript, get it edited, hire the cover artist, promo the completed book, and light the candles needed to praise the Powers-that-Be as they oversee sales (and dare I hope – reviews). All the reader needs to do is decide what they want to spend their hard earned – budgeted for entertainment – monies on. And that right there is the best argument this author can stress for the importance of an editor. 

So, thank you Mr. Thorn, and Writer’s Digest, for sharing your wisdom. Now it’s time for me to get back to my word count … until next time – “Write-on.”

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