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Do I Need an Editor?

The answer to that question is yes - every good, intelligent author needs an editor.
Even the most brilliant writers in the world need editors.
For a new, upcoming writer, this can be a critical factor in getting published.
A good editor can mean the difference between rejection and acceptance for publishing.
One of the most critical, avoidable mistakes any new writer makes is in failing to provide a grammatically correct manuscript free of misspelling and punctuation errors.
Too many of these will ensure that any publishing house or literary agent will simply fill out the form rejection letter and toss your manuscript aside.
These types of errors tell a publisher that the author lacks attention to detail or the necessary care needed for good writing.
A professional editor or proofreader can easily and quickly edit your manuscript to correct these flaws.
Spellcheck is not enough.
Many times, this tool is incorrect in its suggestions and misses critical flaws in your spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.
Only a professional editor can polish your manuscript to the level it needs for submission to a publishing house or magazine.
If you don't use an editor, you risk sending the wrong message to your readers or customers.
Misspelling and bad grammar make you look uneducated, careless and untrustworthy.
I've clicked away from many websites simply because the content was full of errors.
If I am researching sources for an article or book, the source becomes questionable if the copy is tainted with errors.
Any author that wants to be taken seriously needs to submit work that is as polished and immaculate as possible.
A great editor can also clarify and simplify your complex or difficult ideas.
Editors gain a wide body of knowledge simply through the amount of information they read through on a daily basis.
An experienced editor generally has a good idea of what you are trying to say and has a concise way of phrasing and structuring your ideas to make them comprehensible and presentable to your audience.
Editors are also experienced in formatting your manuscript or article.
Proper formatting can make your reader's job easier and more pleasurable.
Writing that is properly divided into appropriate paragraphs, sections and chapters is much easier to read than an unformatted or poorly formatted manuscript.
Additionally, different publishers have different submission requirements.
An editor can help you find and comply with the proper submission guidelines posted by publishers and agents.
Editors can also spot more serious problems with your manuscript or copy, such as trouble with consistency and structure.
Most editors can be sympathetic to your own particular voice and style while providing the necessary changes that will make your writing salable to publishers and agents.
If an experienced, professional editor tells you there is a serious problem with any of these elements, it's best to listen and work with him or her to make the necessary changes.
Pride has little place in the publishing world, after all.
When searching for an editor or seeking a proposal, you will generally want to provide the prospective editor with the following information:
  • Word (preferred) or page count
  • Type of work (article, short story, academic article/essay, novel, e-book, etc.
  • Target audience
  • Deadline for completion of the project
  • A sample of the text (usually optional, but preferred)
In this web-based era, finding someone advertising editing services is simple.
However, not all editors are equal.
While a Master's or a Ph.
in English is not a critical (or even necessary) element for guaranteeing good editorial services, an excellent track record is.
Beware the editor who is reluctant to provide references or one that lacks published feedback from clients.
A good measure of a quality editor is whether their clients are published in magazines, professional or academic journals, or by print publishing houses.
On average, you can expect to pay $20-35.
00 per hour for a proofreader, $65-100.
00 per hour for an editor, and significantly more for a professional, experienced ghost writer.
Most editors will charge per fee or service; however, they generally keep this schedule of hourly rates in mind when bidding or quoting a project.
One very popular and competitive choice for writers is Elance.
com or Guru.
Both of these websites offer very competitive pricing by freelance writers.
When using one of these sites, it is imperative that you view an editor's feedback and the ratings received by former clients, which can provide a relatively reliable indicator of skill.
However, if you choose to base your decision on the lowest bid, it is wise to remember that you often get what you pay for.
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