I am just going to keep it real with you all because I know of no other way to be. One of the biggest struggles I face in cross promoting the works of other self-published authors is that the work has not been professionally edited. Many aspiring authors think that there’s no need to spend “good” money on an editor when they can do it themselves or give it to their cousin’s best friend who loves to read.
As an English teacher, it hurts my heart to see great stories destroyed by poor writing/editing. No one can edit their own work. I don’t even edit my own books; I hire professionals to do it because great writing is a reflection of good editors. As a former magazine publisher, I had to turn away great stories because the writer did not have the work edited/cleaned up before they sent it to me (see www.averagegirlmagazine.com).
Here’s what I used to tell my students and I still tell my editing clients: your writing is a reflection of you. If you turn in poorly written work, this tells me everything I need to know about you. If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, 1) learn the art of writing (which is revisions), study your craft and 2) hire an editor (make them a part of your team: every writer needs a team). You could have a masterpiece, but the world will never know it because the mechanical errors blocked its beauty.
The lesson: save the money to hire the best editor(s). Impatience is the thief of success. #justkeepingitreal
To learn more about my editing services, send an email of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.