As we approach February 26th and the next offering of the All Day Salon on Publishing Yourself and the Art of Self-Promotion, I find myself again chuckling at the ardent advice of one radio show host turned internet TV host… Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau
She is passionate about what she does and it’s clear. She shared that she gets as many as 100 books a month and many from self-published authors who want to be interviewed by her and she has this to say to many of them.
“Please, please, hire yourself a kickass editor. So as not to be insulting to the art of writing.” (her words not mine…)
February 26th marks the fourth time I and other presenters rise bright and early on a Saturday morning to paint a complete picture of what it takes to write, design, publish and promote that book that lives inside you.
Among our subject matter experts, is professional friend, author, editor, ghost writer, blogger and writing peer of mine, Kim Pearson, founder of Primary Sources. I suspect “Kathleen” would agree Kim is that “kickass editor” she advises writers, hire at the right time and place.
We may have a great idea for a book or a blog we wish to write and maintain. (And, we’ll need an objective reader!)
We may actually be a good writer with enthusiasm for our subject matter. (And, we’ll miss our own small errors and awkwardnesses)
Simply put, we will not catch all our inconsistencies ALL the time or have the required objectivity we REALLY need to fully edit all our own writing.
We may be a great first pass editor but are we the best to be doing every round of editing and proofreading?
At some point it is appropriate to engage an editorial expert, AND it is the best thing we can do for the health and well-being of the book and our own sanity.
A few additional thoughts on hiring an editor to assure the best writing we can muster up:
While it may be more economical, using a friend or family member might not count as hiring an editor.
Granted, in some cases it works out fine and all the hiccups and awkward phrasing and misspelled words are caught by YOU or your “trusted” editor, BUT more often than not, it does not fully benefit the manuscript we are so intimately connected to.
Editorial Objectivity is a good thing for a manuscript that it might be well-appreciated and often-read by many others far beyond our immediate circles. Engaging an objective professional for editing be it developmental, or copyediting or proofreading can only be a good and necessary thing. A step wise to invest in.
I am on the bandwagon with Kathleen of the Kathleen Show because she tells it like it is. Talk about a fierce conversation in under two minutes.
To all the writer’s reading this entry who might be working on a book or even a blog, please consider the value of budgeting for working with a professional and dedicated editor–for the benefit of your manuscript, your blog posts, your commercial writing and your readers!
I’m a voracious reader who is turned away when I encounter truly challenging writing. I am happy to overlook the occasional typo for I will substitute the correction. I am that flexible. That being said, I hope you who have a book in you write it.
Self-publishing and blogging it (as a serial piece) makes it that accessible to you and me and others.
Stories are Gifts. Share. And…Begin with the End in Mind.
May we write both for ourselves and the readers who are glad to share us with those they know.