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#21 LucidDreamer

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:53 AM

I have several "beta" readers and every one of them has found different typos, errors, etc. They really are invaluable -- I can check my manuscript 3,000 times and still not see what they see.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:28 PM

I have several "beta" readers and every one of them has found different typos, errors, etc. They really are invaluable -- I can check my manuscript 3,000 times and still not see what they see.


Yeah, I have that problem too, that's why I have a proof editor.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:21 PM

I'm with Litgal - do it yourself. Then find a Beta or CP. Free and just as valuable as an editor.
Personally, I hated reading that "Eh, you've done the creative part. Pay someone to help with the finishing touches." part. You start the work, you finish it. There may be people who'll give you advices along the way, but that you wrote sounded as "Eh, I've done the bare minimum and now I'm looking for someone else to actually work on it".
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

I'm a newbie writer too, so here's my experience. I edited the heck out of my MS then joined a critique group and realized I had a lot to learn. I edited the heck out of the MS again.

I'm self-publishing and the digital publisher I am using provides editing as part of the service. This editor is not re-writing of altering the copy but pointing out things like repeat keywords or where I should be specific about, say, the species of tree rather than being generic and those type of things. I then make the changes myself.

I think if I had not gone through the critique process, I wouldn't be ready for this type of edit and, consequently, the digital publisher would not invest the time. I'd advise getting as many opinions as possible from other writers then re-evaluate whether you need to hire an editor.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:02 AM

I am surprised that hiring an editor costs so much. It seems like a risky investment. Think I'll stick to my pre-readers and beta.

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