We’ve all heard various writers, agents, publishers and editors say “always hire a professional editor.” This is never more correlated than where self-publishing is concerned.
So my question is this; are editors really necessary.
Let’s assume that you are a writer of some skill. Let’s also assume you go through the many number of drafts and revisions to pick up and correct errors. You run grammarly over your piece and revise yet again, looking for all those pesky writing errors (passive voice, weak adverbs etc). Now you take up the services of your Beta readers, take on their feedback and revise yet again.
Editors can charge anywhere between 1 – 3k for copy editing a manuscript. Considering you will need to pay for cover art, isbn, other publishing costs and any marketing costs, this takes your overall book outlay to “oh my God!”
If you’re planning on selling the finished book (ebook) at a reasonable 3.99 a copy that’s a few hundred books you’ll need to sell just to break even.
So, my question again, is this; are editors really necessary.
Self published writers everywhere, I invite you to comment on your experiences. Did you hire a professional? Did you go solo? Did you regret your decision? Please, be honest and detailed in your feedback.