Updated: Jan 14
Lesson #6: Hire a Professional Editor
Hello again! Welcome back to this free blog course, I hope you've been enjoying it as much as I have!
In the last lesson, we looked at why building an email list is beneficial for indie authors and how you can start to build your contacts. In this lesson, you will learn why every indie author should hire a professional editor before publication, and why you should too!
If you missed lesson 5, you can get it here: https://www.standcorrectedediting.com/post/lesson-5-7-steps-indie-authors-must-take-before-self-publishing
So yes, hiring a professional editor to polish your manuscript is a massive must if you plan to self-publish your book.
What if I spend all that money and no one reads it anyway?
What if I don’t recognise my work after they’ve ripped it to shreds?
What if they tell me I don’t stand a chance?! Can’t I just edit it myself?
Whoa…yes, I understand your fears. Even I have had these worries in the past, but it’s nothing more than that. Fear.
Yes, it can be expensive, but like myself, many editors are self-employed, and we need to earn money too! However, there are plenty of affordable editors out there who can produce quality results, you just need to research to find them! Plus, many editors and literary consultancies offer free consultations for the first few pages of your manuscript, so you can decide whether they are right for you without paying a penny.
Also, yes…there is the worry that no one will read your book even after it’s published, but if your manuscript is polished to a high standard, you stand more of a chance of receiving positive reviews and word of mouth recommendation. This is why it is so important to hire an editor who will make your writing shine. If it’s riddled with errors and inconsistences, they won’t get past the first page, let alone recommend it to their family and friends! So, make sure you get yourself a professional who knows what they're doing and what to look for, ESPECIALLY if you plan to self-publish!
Stand Corrected Editing - my independent literary consultancy in the UK. I offer a range of editorial services to help writers who dream of getting a literary agent or want to succeed as an indie author!
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Hey! I'm Chelsea and I'm the book editor and proofreader at Stand Corrected Editing, my independent literary consultancy in the UK. I help passionate writers and authors to get their novels ready for literary agents or self-publishing.
In weekly blog posts, online courses and daily Instagram posts, I hope to spread my knowledge and expertise on how to make your novel a success, and be a mentor to others who desperately want to pursue a fruitful career as an author!
Let me ask you something...
Do you seriously want to pursue your passion of writing and publishing books people actually want to read?
Are you currently planning, writing, or editing your manuscript?
Are you ready to become a successful author?