Everyone Needs a Good Editor

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Most of you here know me as an author and book raconteur, but the bulk of my time is spent editing other people’s books.

I’ve been doing this professionally for over twenty years and find it very gratifying to help an author make the book the best it can be. The quality of manuscripts I get for editing varies widely, but usually if there is a kernel of a good plot and a few compelling characters, it can be transformed with tweaking, content editing and copy editing into something that shines and sings, that is, a winner.

Savvy, market-smart authors, particularly the best writers, recognize the high value a good edit imparts to their books, a value that often translates to increased recognition and sales. They wouldn’t dream of foregoing a professional edit for they know they cannot catch  everything, they are too close to it, and really dumb errors will be invisible to them after working on a manuscript for a length of time. And those errors will wind up, to their great embarrassment, in the published book, significantly detracting from the positive impression the author wants to make.

Novice writers, on the other hand,  in their rush to publish and urge to skimp, often skip this critical editing step and, sadly, reap what they sow: poor reviews and poor sales. Readers are an unforgiving lot; today they will not tolerate a poorly edited book. They call you out on them in many cases in reviews, blog posts and Face Book, compounding the problem and spreading the bad news.

A professional edit protects you from this potential public ridicule and increases exponentially the chances of your book in the marketplace. Don’t skimp on it, consider it insurance against a natural disaster endangering the life of your beloved book you’ve worked so hard on.

To reach me with editing queries, email margaret@margaretlangstaffeditorial.com or visit my site Margaret Langstaff Editorial for additional information

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger.
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3 Responses to Everyone Needs a Good Editor

  1. bowmanauthor says:

    I hope you can see me giving you the standing ovation you deserve! It seems I’m blogging and telling writers similar information all the time. Yea!

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  2. bowmanauthor says:

    Reblogged this on BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor and commented:
    I wanted to share this positive and helpful information by Margaret Langstaff, brilliant author AND EDITOR. This posting goes hand-in-hand with editorial advice I have written about many times in my blog. United!–professional editors stand to make sure your writing and storytelling is judged on its plot and merit, not on typos, grammar, punctuation, incorrect structure, and inconsistencies. Trust an editor to bring your words to life! –Deborah A. Bowman

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