If you want to get religious, there is only one who is perfect. If you want to be realistic, humans and all their endeavors are flawed.
So, get over it. You and your book are far from perfect. But knowing that fact, there is a goal – to eliminate as many errors as possible from our book.
First draft will be the basis, but there will be many errors, so revising and rewriting are obviously necessary.
After many attempts, then comes the criticism. It is important to get feedback from trusted sources. Family members should be a last resort. They can see your culling of their traits in your characters. Trusted critique groups are one source. Hired writers are another.
Finally, when you think you have it all done, this is the time to HIRE a technical editor. There is no way your imperfect eyes and emotions will spot all the flaws in your book. You need to eliminate them all before publication.
If you’re feeling lucky you could send your manuscript for agent and/or publisher for traditional publisher consideration before taking this expsnice step, but if you are moving onto self-publishing, whether by POD or eBook, hiring an editor is simply a requirement.
In our flawed state of existence, writers strive for perfection, knowing that it is on the horizon, but always out of reach.
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