Why I’m Paying Someone to Edit My Guide to Writing a Novel

Knowing yourself – ah, what an empowering thing!

And, clearly, Nathan Bransford knows himself well:

Josef_Wagner-Höhenberg_Die_Abrechnungby Nathan Bransford

A few months ago I announced that I’m going to be self-publishing aguide to writing a novel, and I’m pleased to report that I have finished and edited my first draft!

It has 42 chapters plus an epilogue, it covers both writing and revising, and it has more references to space monkeys than you can shake a fist at.

Now it’s time to get it edited. And I’m going to pay for a professional editor.

Why you might ask?

I don’t think everyone out there has to have their work professionally edited. Everyone needs some sort of good feedback on their work, whether that comes from their friends, from a critique partner, a friend, enemy… someone.

When I was an agent, I went ahead and assumed that everyone got feedback on their work, and what ultimately mattered was the final product, not who they received their feedback from. My post aboutwhether you should pay someone to edit your work still stands. You don’t have to pay for it.

But here’s the thing about asking for free critiques from critique partners: It requires reciprocity. And I’m just too busy to give the kind of feedback I would need to give to receive good feedback in return. I need to pay for it instead.

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