Why Do I Need an Editor?

Importance of an Editor’s Role

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A good editor or proofreader will help you sort out any errors, such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, structure, etc. Spelling and punctuation are something that may appear to be very simple if you are someone to whom it comes naturally. However, to others it can tie them up in knots, cause a great deal of anxiety and even hold them back from achieving their goal.

Remember that it is twice as hard to detect mistakes in your own work than it is in someone else’s. This is because you are too close to your writing to see the mistakes. So why choose a professional editor?

  • Your work needs to be of the right standard to avoid the disappointment of rejection.
  • They can help you to enhance your writing and convey ideas succinctly.
  • You will want to get the best price for your manuscript and a good edit will help achieve this.

There is no point getting an uncle, auntie or friend who is good at English to read your manuscript – it is not the same as an experienced editor and is no substitute for a professional. Don’t believe us? Count every ‘F’ in the following text:

Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.

How many did you come up with? There are actually six! Joking apart, the reason many people find less is that the brain cannot always process the word ‘of’. This is why you need an editor. Furthermore, an editor is more likely to be current with publishing practices, whereas you might not be familiar with the rules, publishing guidelines, house styles, latest developments, etc.

Even eBooks need a good editor – they are still books, after all – so don’t be tempted to skimp on this. It is not an excuse to drop standards. Editing is the most important part of producing a book prior to submitting your work to a publisher or an agent and it can mean the difference between:

  • acceptance and rejection
  • a good or bad review
  • future publications you may wish to produce being accepted or considered

If you are thinking that it’s not necessary to engage the services of an editor because the spellcheck facility would pick it up, try spotting the errors in these next passages:

  1. He couldn’t wait to arrive at there holiday destination.
  2. He new he should of practiced swimming before he went away but Swim Rights’ lessons were fully booked at the beginning of the season.
  3. She thought she might feint when she heard the peel of bells as she walked down the isle having just got married.
  4. The teachers had a solid foundation form which to work.
  5. The politician went to far with his latest speech in Parliament.

Did you find that easy? There are actually nine mistakes and if you didn’t pick them all up, then this highlights the point that you need a proofreader or editor. Even if you did pick them up, imagine how much harder it is when you are rereading 70,000 words that you have written yourself.

Our editor at The Editing House can bring your work up to a publishable standard.

The Editing House UK – big enough to be professional, small enough to care.