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How is professional editing different from a writer's own editing?

Professional editing is the craft of preparing a writer's 'raw' text for publication; that is to say, once in its printed form, the text is clear, concise, and coherent to the reader.

It goes without saying that printed matter should have the correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; also part of the editor's remit.

It is not possible for a writer to edit their manuscript in the same way a professional editor would. There are two reasons for this:

  • the writer is too close to their own work to notice the pitfalls that can occur during the writing process
  • the writer does not possess the skills required to edit for publication; although, a writer can learn the skills to write with editing in mind

A good professional editor has a skill set that enables them to turn a  manuscript into a published book. An editor is not a middle man, and should never be cut out if the writer wants to sucessfully publish their work; they are an important part of the publishing process.

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