What is editing and why does it matter?

Editing is the act of reviewing your text to ensure it makes sense, flows well, and has no typos or spelling mistakes. Editing is a critical step in ensuring your readers have a good experience reading your book.

Notice the typos in the image of this article? A good editor would have caught them before they went out!

(If you’re wondering, it really did hurt me to include them in even though the typos made my point.)

Everything you write needs an editor, but with books the editing process is a bit more involved. From a developmental editor, who helps ensure your book flows and ideas make sense, to copy editor who deals with readability, and finally proofreading editor, who is usually the last set of eyes on the book.

You can actually read more about all the editors that books can use here, but odds are your book won’t be nearly that complicated.

One of my clients, whose book I recently edited, told me that he can tell having fresh eyes on his work made his story that much stronger.

I recently saw a post on LinkedIn which was asking if writers saw the benefits of editing and whether they would hire an editor. So many people responded saying that their writing was good enough without editing.

Though it’s easy to think our writing doesn’t need editing, everyone benefits from fresh eyes and hands in their work.

An editor’s job isn’t to criticize or be overly negative about your writing. There’s no real rejection in editing. It is, actually, a partnership that is designed to help your writing be its best.

What is editing and why does it matter? Editing your book is a critical step in ensuring your readers have a good experience reading it
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Paula Telizyn

Paula helps indie & business authors make beautiful, captivating books their readers will love.