Do I Need an Editor for My Book?

With the self-publishing revolution, it’s easier than ever to get your book in front of readers. Simpy upload a Word document to the Kindle Direct Publishing dashboard, and you’re off and running.

If you’ve already published to KDP, or via any of the other self-publishing platforms like CreateSpace and Smashwords, you already know the answer to the question posed in the title of this article. Yes, you need an editor for your book.

You published your book. But sales lagged. Reviews were unspectacular. And while there are many reasons–poor cover art, a poor book description, a small platform, poor marketing, and on and on–the root cause will always remain the same. A poorly-written book will sell poorly.

Savvy self-publishers now know that the gold rush of indie publishing is over. Gone are the days when you could upload your book, price it at 99 cents, and become a bestseller. The market is flooded, and if you’re going to stand out from the Amazon slush pile, you need to up your ante to stay in the game. You’re now competing against both traditional publishers and a brand new army of self-publishers. Your book needs to stand out.

That means it needs to be amazing on both the outside and the inside. Professional cover art will draw readers to your book; professional editing will take your readers captive.

Most authors become so close to their own work, they no longer know what’s on the page and what isn’t. So while self-editing is a must, there comes a time when you need to release your work to a professional editor.

If you’re ready to take your book to the next level, I encourage you to review the editing services I offer. It’s my passion to help every author reach his or her full potential. Then contact me to talk about your unique project! I look forward to working with you.

~ Danielle Lincoln Hanna

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