The Wife was reading a self-published book riddled with errors the other day, and we started talking about the lack of editing in today’s online world. We both feel somewhat offended when a self-published author or a blogger doesn’t care enough to even proofread. Especially if you’re going to sell your writing, you should either do a half-decent job of self-editing or hire a professional. Editing is an essential part of the process.
We aren’t alone in this opinion. The Wife was reminded of this John Green vlog about his editors:
Some key points:
- Editors aren’t just proofreaders and grammarians.
- Editors can point out inconsistency and distractions in your writing.
- Editors can tell you when your writing is unbearably self-indulgent.