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Write-Minded Podcast Discusses the Importance of an Editor
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She Writes
August 2018
Written by
She Writes
August 2018

This week on the debut episode of the Write-Minded podcast, Brooke and Grant spoke with the Grammar Girl herself, Mignon Fogarty. Among the obvious grammar talk, a major topic of the conversation was the importance of an editor. Whether you are writing your memoir, an elaborate novel or a collection of short stories, an editor is an invaluable resource and can make a world of difference in how your words are interpreted.

Self-Editing is a Great Start

Self-editing is a great first step in the process, however, with you being so close to your writing, you’re not likely to catch all the potential errors that are hidden in your work. Since it all came from you, you know what you meant to say so even if the words don’t fall correctly on the page, your brain will read what you meant to say instead of what the words actually say.

You Get What You Pay For

One of the main reasons, especially self-published authors, steer away from hiring an editor is the cost. Editorial services can be pricey, but like someone’s grandmother once said, “you get what you pay for.” New authors will sometimes rely on the proofreading of friends and family, which can be beneficial for an initial edit, however, in the long run, having an unbiased party edit your work is preferable.

It's Much More Than Just There, They're and Their

An editor offers more than just pointing out spelling and grammatical errors. They are there to take in the book as a whole and find any issues with plot or character development. The ultimate goal is a flawless piece of writing and going through the proper phases of editing is crucial when trying to write something that feels complete.

Some of our She Writes members have shared their experiences on the importance of hiring an editor:

In an article shared by Zetta Brown, Helen Rena shared her experience in working with an editor. Helena discussed how she had created an ambitious story that made complete sense to her but as her editor read through it, she came up with lots of questions which helped her see her story from a completely different vantage point.

Maria Murnane talked about the vast difference between development and copy editing as well as proofreading and how important they both all.

Rebecca Minn shared her experience with a professional editor in the creation of her memoir, The Gift of Goodbye.

If you haven’t yet checked out the Write-Minded podcast, make sure to tune in and get this week’s writing assignment.

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