Professional editing, is it necessary?

The short answer… YES!

As adequately as my stats page on WordPress reminds me, it has been 3 months since my last post. I have revised, revised, and revised several drafts of my novel since then.

Now I begin the part of the journey where the rejections are to be expected. And mind you, I’m just seeking out an independent editor to help polish my final work. I don’t say this to minimize their role, but just to emphasize that this is just the beginning. And truthfully, I should clarify that an editor does not essentially reject your project because of quality, not always. At this stage, if it’s truly a complete novel ready for the editing level, the rejection could be for a stylistic reason. I read somewhere that searching for an agent can feel like dating. It’s important to make sure that you and the editor share the same literary tastes and that they can understand and appreciate your style. It’s also important to look into their work history to see if your style/genre is a match with theirs.

Everything that I’ve read on editing and getting published (and they’re reliable sources) stresses the importance of getting your work professionally edited. Publishing houses are not accepting flawed manuscripts, and they’re not going to offer to edit them for you. It’s on the writer to present an already polished product. This is the case whether you’re seeking traditional publishing or self publishing. And do your research before taking on a so called editor, make sure they are credible. It’s an investment that you’re making, and it’s not a cheap one.

As I proclaimed in my first post, I will document every rejection and/or positive feedback that I get. Preferably with more of the latter. It won’t be easy to do, pride always seems to get in the way, but it’s important to me.

Below are links to the resources that I came across or were offered to me in my search for an editor:

Publishing 101 by Jane Friedman
Jeff Herman’s Guide 2017
Editorial Freelancers Association (You can post your editing job for free and let the editors pick you)
Kid Lit 411

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