And because I appreciate the necessity of networks, I won't hold forth on this topic. I'll let a colleague do it! Author Joanna Penn, who wrote the novel "Pentecost," made an eloquent video argument for hiring professional editors in a recent post at her blog. Among the reasons she says you should get professional help with your manuscript:
- Professional editors can improve your work. They can be objective about your manuscript and give you the best tips possible for your work. We all want to send our best work out there.
- They see so many manuscripts in specific genres so they will pick up things that amateurs won’t
- You likely need a pro editor even if you are looking for a publishing deal. You need to submit the best book you possibly can to an agent or publisher. If you’re self-publishing you need it even more.
- An editor will do different things e.g. editorial review on plot, structure, ways to make it more publishable all the way to line editing/copyediting