Editing vs self-editing by Dennis Scheel
Editing is a big concern for writers, especially fresh the ones trying their first story. After finishing their story, the idea comes to if you should self-edit or get an editor. There are things such as Grammarly which brings self-editing to be more appealing to the new writers, who has fewer funds. Grammarly is more a benefit with proofreading though.
Finding a good editor can be a daunting task for those who do. Styles can conflict. There are places with lists to aid you, but you can, in theory, find some who asks an arm and a leg, while others just ask a few hundred. Before I personally found the one, I use, I found some with a hefty cost too. The cheaper one I never regretted, just worked perfectly.
I feel strongly, you need to be ready to make the story as good a piece as you can!
Many can find either cutting or changing their work very hard to do. With me having English as a second language, I had some issues with my first book. How words are used in one language is entirely different from the next. My editor showed me how to fix this; I learned from this. He remarked he could see, I got a lot better since the first time, which in his editing of the first book, No Way Back, took 30k words, which in my view only made it that much stronger. The second one was nowhere close to this. Not everyone is like me though, one must be willing to accept critique, or else it will be pointless getting an editor involved. I, however, think it is best with an editor, instead of the self-editing route. Both ways hold challenges.
As editing also would come in different versions, for those of you looking in it, will need to consider too.
You decide which route is right for you, invest more into the work or learn to do it yourself…
On a side note, Jeyran here is also an editor, which can be found https://jeyranmain.com/book-editing/
Dennis Scheel has always had the stories running in his head, but not until after his accident, which left him mute and paralyzed on the right side was he able to tell them. After he worked his way back, he wanted to try to tell his story once more since an acquaintance told him there was talent in his poetry, he had been convinced by his ex not to write for ten years, she insisted he had no talent. This time tried in English since all other times failed. Finally, he succeeded, and he never stopped writing since. Which led to the completion of No Way Back- The Underworlds and the sequel Taken With a Dark Desire: The Underworlds
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