A good editor does not just change your work by rewriting it for you, an editor will only change obvious typos and grammar or formatting errors (but in track changes so you can choose whether to accept the change). However, they will make suggestions to improve phrasing.
An editor provides guidance, with suggestions and ideas for improvement, discussion of plot weaknesses, voice, poor structure, weak motivation for action or character development etc.
I believe my approach is personal and always honest, but also encouraging. I want to empower you to want to turn something okay or good into something amazing. I always remain true to your story and your style and never suggest turning your story into something you don't want it to be! I believe the most rewarding editor-writer relationships are built on trust and are educational, you learn as the editor guides your writing and you become a better writer.
Many of my lovely clients have gone on to have publishing success and competition wins!
As both a writer and a publisher, I know how hard it is to get your work accepted. It took me five years for my first short story acceptance, and it took another five years for what was actually the fourth novel I'd written, to be deemed good enough to be published! Really. On the strength of that I finally found an agent.
I know how good you need to be. And I know how hard rejection is to deal with. Sadly it's all part of the job and you must learn from it. Every rejection is a step closer to acceptance!
So you really owe it to yourself to make sure your work as good as it can be before you send it out into the world... be that to small presses or agents or before you self-publish.
And that's where editors come in.
Given how hard it is to find an agent or a publisher, it's not surprising more and more writers are considering self-publishing . With it being so easy to publish to Kindle, or paper books with Print On Demand publishers like CreateSpace, it's an increasingly acceptable way of getting your work out there.
But did you know, according to latest figures, only 29% of self-published authors pay for a professional edit? If you're going to self-publish, and especially if you see it as a stepping stone to getting an agent and a publisher, give your work the best possible chance. Pay for an editor.
You owe it to yourself if you are serious about your work!