Do I really need an editor?

You may be wondering if you really, truly need an editor.

Many writers are gifted storytellers. Others are able to spell and put commas in their rightful place. It’s rare for someone to have all the skills to produce a written work without the aid of an editor at some point.

So, yes, you probably need an editor.

Writing is a solitary act. Even if you’re sitting in a sidewalk café or an airport terminal on a Friday morning, you’re all alone, huddled over your laptop. You’re free to write whatever and however you want. It’s just you and your words.

Reading, however, is not a solitary act. Reading The Martian on Mars would not be a solitary act. Reading connects one person to another, no matter who or where they are. It creates a common bond, something people can share even if they’re on different planets.

An editor is your best friend if you want others to read your work.

Let’s assume you’re interested in writing more than the family Christmas letter. You want to be published or produced, in print or online. You need useful advice on the world of your story, characters, factual information, author’s voice, and all the stuff that holds it together.

Partners, friends, and writing group members can give valuable feedback.  Sometimes, though, it’s hard to take caring criticism from people you know. Or they may be too gentle. If you’re lucky, you have one or two trusted readers who can give you what you need.

In all honesty, I can’t take on every project that comes my way. I may not have room in my admittedly light schedule or I simply may not be the right editor for you. But I’m always willing to take a look and offer some brief feedback.

Please visit my services page for more information.

Pictured left: Somewhere near Detroit Lake, Oregon