A few days ago I came across a self-published book that was rife with errors. I was sad, as I really liked the premise and thought it had much potential to be a great read. The author had added a passage to her text that said something to the effect of, “I did not get an editor or edit the work, as doing so would change the meaning.”
I did not hit the button to buy, nor have I ever hit the button to buy on a book with multiple grammatical and mechanical errors in the first pages.
I get it. Editing is complicated.There are lots of different editing types. It is expensive. Charges are all over the place. And when you are trying to break into the writing business knowledge about process and money to support front end expenses is often scarce. BUT. And it is a big but. If you do not do your homework and invest on editing, you are likely not going to go as far as you otherwise might.
Let’s look at the two pieces of editing I mentioned above: Types and Cost. Continue reading “A writer should never skimp on editing: 5 types to consider before you hit send”