Don’t edit in isolation – Get help.
…or is it?
Even big name authors still use editors for a variety of reasons – the main one being that as the author you are too close to your own work to catch everything. I’m not saying it’s time to go out and hire a professional editor (well, not yet anyway), but after you’ve honed your first draft into a workable manuscript you need someone other than a good friend or family member to look at your work.
Because they love you and don’t want to hurt your feelings even if they promise they’ll give you an honest opinion.
So what can you do?
– Join a writers group in person, online, or both.
– Look at your LinkedIn or Google+ contact lists.
– Find a local writing partner or buddy working in the same or a similar genre.
– Join an online group like AMC (Authors Marketing Club) and post a request in the forum for a beta reader.
If you don’t have these resources to utilize, then start building your network today.
WARNING: Do not attempt to have your manuscript edited before you are absolutely ready to receive honest feedback and constructive criticism. If you are still too close to your work, any comment not in praise of your masterpiece will act like a blunt edged knife stabbing into your chest working on carving your heart out. Set your manuscript aside for at least one month (I suggest three to be on safe side) and then start working your contacts to find a suitable first editor.