The answer to that depends very much on what kind of writer you are and the editor you’re working with.
If you think spewing out a ton of words and calling it done makes you a writer, chances are editors will despise your manuscript. If you don’t know basic punctuation or sentence structure, some of them will make a voodoo doll in your image and stick pins in it.
No writer produces a perfect story. Every single one of us needs to be edited. There are NO exceptions.
I know this because I write clean, beautiful prose every single time… until I go back over it and see I repeated the word “visible” twice in two paragraphs. Or junk words got into my narrative. Or I made a simple mistake like having a character sit down twice in the same scene.
When we’re in the zone, we tend to overlook stuff we are normally aware of, and that’s where self-editing comes in. Go back and re-read every single word; you will notice plenty that needs to be fixed. And still that isn’t enough! Because the story is still in our memory, we will miss things an editor catches, and that’s why we use/pay them.
If you submit or publish a book without using a beta/editor, you’re pretty much naked in public, all your fat hanging out and jiggling, and everyone will laugh at you. Your mistakes are out there for all to see, and trust me, for every reader who doesn’t notice, there will be one who does, and that reader will never buy from you again.
I’ve turned down countless free books because reviewers said, “Would have been good but the typos sucked” or “Enjoyed the story but the editing was terrible.”
So yeah, write the best story you can. Get it beta’d. Self-edit. And then get the best editor you can afford if you are self-publishing.
Can you trust publisher’s editors? To a degree, sure. It’s their job to fix your shit. BUT they are often inundated, tired, burned out, and will miss stuff regardless. The writer needs to do their job first so the publisher/editors can do theirs with the least amount of damage.
The editor is not your enemy. YOU are.
I’m tired of winter. Let’s revisit summer… Florida style. Yes, you do have to be aware of poisonous creatures there. That makes it interesting. 🙂
I stayed with friends who had a house on a lake. Nice, eh?
At night… the lights shining on the water. It was warm enough you didn’t need a jacket. When I lived there, I experienced only a handful of days when you couldn’t wear shorts. I miss it!
Treasure Island on the intracoastal. What a fun place to hang out! Better at night though. Heh.
Lorikeet. If you visit the Tampa Zoo, you can feed them by hand. Beautiful, yes?
See you Monday!