I'm in the process of researching self-publishing. Today's topic: having a manuscript edited professionally first. My current quandary is that having a developmental edit of my work done, from my research, would cost into the thousands of dollars. I want to do everything right, so to speak, but I don't want to go bankrupt on a service that would be helpful, but not critical. So what I want to know, especially from our successful indie authors, is: do you pay to have someone edit your work and how much do you typically pay?
Manuscript editing services
Posted 05 April 2016 - 10:31 AM
My recommendation would be to find some beta readers -- people who will not blow sunshine up your bum about how great your manuscript is. You need seasoned readers and/or writers who will point out the flaws so you can fix them, possibly reshape the whole MS, and make it more likely to find an eager audience.
Perhaps you've already done that and made those kinds of changes. If so, I'm not sure you need a developmental edit, which -- you're right -- is expensive.
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