Sure, you can put your book on Amazon or Lulu or any of the other self-publishing platforms out there as you’ve written it. Are you really that confident putting it out without having an experienced set of eyes take a look and offer advice, though? If you want to make sure your book is as good as it can be, you want someone who’s been around to help you shape it into a document that will really resonate with your target audience.
- Start in your circle. If you’re writer, you probably know other writers. Some of them may be able to recommend an editor. Recommendations almost always go smoother, especially for new writers like you.
- Look for who other self-published authors use. You can usually find this in the acknowledgment pages of their books or in the press releases they send out. Try to narrow your focus to books that are similar to yours: same niche, same target market and same format.
Will having an editor guarantee your work is as polished as it can get? Not always. Editors vary in skill and abilities, just as writers do. Having one, however, will give you a better fighting chance — much more than relying on just your own revisions (you’re too close to the project to really be that objective) and a proofreading software.