The Importance of Editing

I love to read. I read a lot. I do not like to read a book with typos galore and other editing slush. So why was I ready to publish my own book without sending it to an editor? It was a moment of madness. I couldn’t do it. Bigger problem, I had already sent it off to the formatting team. Once they are done, I cannot touch it if I plan to use it. It messes with the spacing and such. Yep, I sent my manuscript to the formatter BEFORE the editor. Go team fail!

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Two options.

A) Forget editing. Publish it as is.

B) Swallow the cost of formatting. Allow it to be edited and then resend it to be formatted it again.

I decided to send a sample to an editor. Oh my. Her reply was “this needs extensive work.”

Option B it is! I refuse to publish a book that is not on par with what I would accept as a reader. Buying a book is not like reading a blog. You paid for entertainment and deserve a finished product that is polished.

That being said, I wanted to tear my hair out yesterday. I am lucky that I have the support of fellow authors to remind me that it was a mistake, I fixed it, learn and move on.  I named my new grey hair after this experience.

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