This is an excerpt from Publish Your Book, Your Way: A Workbook and Guide to the Business of Independent Publishing by Sonja Hakala © 2013, all rights reserved. You can purchase a copy of this book from Amazon.com.
Fear of Editing
Every time I do a workshop about independent publishing, someone asks me “Do I have to be edited?”
I want to emphasize a few points here:
- Professional writers know that good editors improve the quality of their work.
- An editor’s primary responsibility is to the words a reader will read, not the words a writer has written.
- When the independent publishing revolution began in the second half of the 1990s, there was a dividing line between authors whose work was published by traditional companies and authors who published their own work. Now, nearly 20 years later, that dividing line has moved so that it lies between authors who publish their own work to professional standards and those who do not. Most often, editing is the difference between these two groups.
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