Most authors consider editing a basic, even fundamental aspect of the book production process, and with good reasons. Yet, some authors, especially independent or self publishing authors, don’t consider editing as an important part, but in fact, it’s one of the most important aspects.
The sad truth is that no matter how good you think are with editing, proofreading and grammar, you still need a second eye to go through your manuscript before publishing, to prevent any mistakes or sloppy appearance.
This is where a good editor can come in and make all the difference. A skilled editor will first look at the big picture and determine the book’s type, audience, themes and character development.
Then, the editor will look at the book’s structure and see if it needs any changes. The structure refers to tense and timing, pacing, point of view and what kind of voice the story carries.
Lastly, the editor will check fluency, metaphors, grammar, syntax, formatting and punctuation. These are the final, most delicate details that will affect the entire book. Those details will literally make or break your book’s success, and this is why you really must choose an editor smartly.