Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Incredible article over at the Huffington Post:
I like and respect Penny's articles. I used to publish some of hers on my old magazine site and they were always very good. In this one I think she left the most important point until last.
Finally, let's talk about editing. This extremely important step is often overlooked by authors. Why? Because it's easy to find someone to edit a book, right? Wrong. Editing is a pretty specialized skill set; someone who can find "typos" isn't a good editor. You want someone to help you raise the bar on your work and create a final product that is something you can really be proud of. An editor will give you critical feedback (especially if you've hired a content editor, which I highly recommend), and often improve your work beyond what you might have been able to do on your own.
I wasn't aware of this writer but I'll sure be looking out for her pieces in the future!