Self-Edit or Hire Professional editor?

Here's the place to share a writing or marketing tip you've used successfully and want to pass along.
Private E-1
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:42 am

Self-Edit or Hire Professional editor?

Postby rawkinreads » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:26 pm

Hey guys, I am a writer of quite a few self-published books and I have a question.

Would you hire a professional editor for your self-published book (if so, what are you some low-cost options) or just do it yourself?

I am wondering if you think it is worth it or not?


User avatar
Posts: 201
Joined: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:51 am

Re: Self-Edit or Hire Professional editor?

Postby ostarella » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:45 pm

If you're self-publishing, hire a professional editor - same reason publishing companies have their own editors instead of just going with what the author wrote.
Formerly shadowwalker

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 9214
Joined: Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:52 am

Re: Self-Edit or Hire Professional editor?

Postby pls » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:16 am

Self-editing is part of the writing process, whether you do it as you write or after you've finished the piece. Then if you don't feel confident in your editing ability, send it out to be edited.

Too often I've read excerpts here that show no sign of self-editing, and if they're too awful I refuse to read them.
Facebook page (Friend me!):

User avatar
Brien Sz
Master Sergeant
Posts: 343
Joined: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:10 am

Re: Self-Edit or Hire Professional editor?

Postby Brien Sz » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:43 am

One of the best ways to self edit is to read your manuscript out loud. In your head, you can mask errors. Out loud, it's not so easy.

Return to Tips and Advice

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google [Bot] and 1 guest