I like to think that all of my colleagues are professionals. I take pride in my editing career and in my skills as an editor. Thus, when confronted with editorial rigidity, I shudder and think “there goes an unprofessional editor.” 968 more words
Your first book is going to determine how readers view you as an author. You may think that readers will overlook those little errors because the plot is so riveting or the characters are so compelling. (As a reader, I can assure you that this is not the case.) You may even believe that you are the best person to edit your own work, or that professional editors charge too much or don't do enough to make your work shine.
Stop making excuses, do your research, and find an editor who will challenge you and be unafraid to critique your work honestly. It may hurt to have your work criticised, but look at your editor's suggestions objectively once that feeling of having been punched in the gut has passed. Ultimately, you are the one who will benefit the most from this process.
Thanks to Helen Jones, author of Oak and Mist, for sharing her decision and experience working with a professional editor so openly.
For more information on her choice to use a professional editor, check out Helen's guest blog on Writers & Artists. (This site has excellent resources for authors.)