Self Publishing’s Editorial Service

You have finished your manuscript. Your ten best friends plus your mother have told you your book is great. You have made up your mind that there is a market for your book beyond your ten best friends. You have decided to self publish your book and hopefully become the next Tom Clancy. Do you really need an editor? Yes, No, and Maybe.

Yes: If you are really serious about publishing, the above example skips a very important step. That step is utilizing the services of a professional editor. As nice as your friends might be, chances are they are not editors. Virtually all successful books have been professionally edited and proofread long before they reach the general market. Editing costs vary by the amount of editing that needs to be done. Keep in mind that all editing is based on an hourly rate. Hourly rates may vary from editor to editor, but the number of hours to perform a particular type of editing should be comparable from editor to editor.
No: If you are on a limited budget and really intend to turn this publishing venture into a hobby and not a second job, you might be OK. Between the spell checker in MS Word and your best friend, who got an A in English, your work will more than likely be readable. It may even be saleable. You have a good attitude and realize that the worst that's going to happen is you'll have presents to give out until you run out.
Maybe: You might want to try a combination of the above. Start off with a few hundred using the new 10th Grade English Teacher editing program. Aggressively market these books. If you are a little nervous about having used an English teacher rather than a professional editor, market them as "Unedited Galleys" or "Reader Proofs." Get your reviews, sell to your friends, set up your website, set up distribution, and if the groundswell of demand starts, know that you are going to need to spend the money for a professional editor before your main print run.

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