Writing a book takes time and grit. Publishing a book takes courage and money. Marketing a book takes all four. If you don’t want to waste your time, your grit, your courage and your money, then put forth the best product you can. Edit.
Great stories exist in both traditional and indie works. A good blurb and a few pages are enough to capture my attention, but dialogue that is difficult to follow, poor grammar and typographical errors detract from the overall reading experience.
Too often, I have been disappointed to find poor editing in both traditional and independently published works. While I may have enjoyed the story, I am less inclined to write a review and put a stamp of approval on a work that is rife with errors.
If you are like me, a bit of a perfectionist, you may edit as you go. You read, rewrite, let it rest because it’s still not quite right, then go at it again and again and again. You may have excelled at language arts, achieving high marks for diagramming sentences and proofreading errant script and that experience may fuel your self-confidence. Your bookshelves may be lined with the best well-used references. You may even be blessed with beta readers, but does any of this substitute for a professional edit?
As an indie, I definitely get it. When it comes to publication, you count up the costs, but often editing falls through the cracks. There are different types of editing and the service isn’t cheap, but it is worth the investment. In my own experience, professional editors have helped me to enhance both my story and my writing.
It’s your baby. I get that too. Don’t be afraid to take the covers off and let some one else take a peek. Invest in a professional edit. At the end of the day, we want to sell books that readers enjoy and we want those readers to return for more.