So, if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you’ll know I’ve been wrangling with my debut novel – Guns of Perdition – for a few years. I wrote it, rewrote it, edited, edited some more, edited again, printed and edited, beta’d, edited, and edited again.
The dang thing had to be perfect after all that, right? What could possibly be the point in sending it off to a “professional” editor? Well, my sense of perfectionism got the best of me (as did numerous prods from my writerly friends) and I eventually succumbed and sent what I thought was a very polished MS to an editor.
Wow. What came back has blown me away. The editor called my MS very polished, but she still managed to pick up HEAPS of errors, mistakes, typos, and blips. HEAPS!
I am now going through tidying these up for what I hope is the final pass through before hitting publish, but I wanted to pause for a moment and share my (noob) thoughts that EDITING IS IMPORTANT! I am astounded and amazed at the job my editor has done and the things she’s picked up.
So, if you’re toying with the notion of seeking professional editing, don’t toy – just do it. And if you’re after a great editor, check out Christie at Proof Positive.
*NOTE – For those burning with curiosity, Guns of Perdition is a quarter through it’s final edit. Hoping for a mid-year publish!