WHO NEEDS AN EDITOR? A quick glance around the internet and into the e-books on your tablet shows that website authors are skipping the quality control step of having website copy checked for errors. Misspellings are rampant, while grammatical and punctuation errors pepper many web pages -- often otherwise professional ones. But thought, like musical notes, must be organized to communicate well and any kind of error can lessen readers' enjoyment and understanding -- not to mention lower the credibility of the site or its authors.

Agreeing that you should get the text edited doesn't mean the quality of the writing or message is in question. Rather, if you aspire to reach professional standards in your work, an editor can help you achieve that -- because ensuring the work is checked and mistakes are corrected IS the mark of a professional. The best editors will seek to find and fix errors while staying true to your message and style. No matter which route to publication you pursue, your final manuscripts should be reviewed and edited by an experienced editor, preferably one who understands your type or genre of writing. I invite you to go through my website to see how I work and contact me for further information.

If you are a new writer and can't afford to pay an editor, there are many excellent books available to help you learn how to edit your own work. You can also join a writers' group, where you will have the chance to get feedback on your work. But most of all, write, write, and write some more! Most of the learning and improving is in the doing. In the highly competitive publishing industry, a manuscript containing errors isn't given a second glance. Work hard to improve your writing so you can give yourself the best chance possible to sell and attain recognition for your work.

Daveda Lamont

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