If you want something done, (don’t) do it yourself

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  1. I completely agree. I’m a professional editor and an author. I do *not* edit my own work. I simply refuse to put a title out there that isn’t squeaky clean and as good as I can make it.
    One of the egregious issues I see with self-or indie published work is poor formatting. While I adore my Kindles, especially the Fire, any glitches show up like the proverbial sore thumb, making the reading experience less than satisfactory. To the point of making it difficult to read it at all. If I must mentally fight to correct for that type of mistake, I give up – life’s too short and there are far too many choices to allow less than competently produced content to take up my time.

    • Kai says:

      I often wonder if we, as editors, aren’t actually in a worse position. It’s not as if we can put out whatever we like, and I bet, any mistakes that do slip through, no matter how minor, are seen as ‘worse’.
      I dunno. Sometimes being a loudmouth isn’t as helpful as it seems. I have a great and visible profile, but I’ve certainly made a rod for my own back. I’ll always put my money where my mouth is though 🙂

  2. I picked the pay for cover and editing option. The only reason I don’t pay for formatting is because my husband is qualified to do it so I don’t have to pay, otherwise I would pay for that too. Hope that doesn’t muss with your results too much. 🙂

  3. I’ve been a graphic designer for about twenty years, so I feel I’m somewhat qualified to do my own covers. I definitely parcel out editing though. No way can anyone self edit reliably.

  4. Jesse says:

    It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I got a good cover for 50 bucks, I got formatting for 40 bucks, the editing I paid way too much. She was my first editor and my advice is don’t use Craig’s list and just because they say 17.50 an hour doesn’t mean you are going to save money. What if she’s slow? She was and she did a crappy job and she made changes without making notations and that is a giant no-no for me. I won’t trust anybody who decides to rewrite my book without my permission. I credited all the people who helped me but I removed her name from the intro because she did such a lousy job. Be careful, like I wasn’t.

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