Editors are so necessary for an author

There are several types of editors, but no matter where you are in your writing career, you will need an editor.

No way can an author see or find all the typos, mis-matched words and plot points.

In an even bigger concept, someone (experienced) needs to read a book-in-progress. Is the theme being followed? Are there unnecessary scenes? Are there scenes that are hinted at, or alluded to that should be included?

Where are the weak spots? What are the book’s strengths?

The two main editors a writer working on a book are:
Copy editors who look for typos, checks spelling and looks for inconsistencies. A proofreader looks more for the first two items.

A developmental editor is much more involved in the story. This person works hand-in-hand with an author. Because cost and time are variables that dictate the depth that a development editor. The DE can suggest new scenes, cut others, ask for rewrites to get the book to adhere to standards of the genre.

Both editors are necessary. I would suggest that an author schedule and look into hiring both of these editors somewhere along the way in your writing journey. Many editors will offer to edit sample pages and you can determine whether you can work with this person.

Editors are as important as a word processor. Use them!

About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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1 Response to Editors are so necessary for an author

  1. govindnr says:

    And if the editor is also a good proofreader, it’s like hitting a jackpot!

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