"My manuscript represents months of work. That's my blood on the page. I feel like I've given birth.… No editor can possibly understand how it feels..."
"Why does my writing need any editing?" "Why would I pay for editing services?"
And so on...
I, being an author myself, (Neil Must Die) had gone through these similar emotions when I had to let go of my first baby in the hands of an editor. I hated when the editor found blatant, careless mistakes, changed murky sentences or pointed out words that did not convey the right meaning. Even though I despised the editor from the bottom of my heart, I did admit she was good, albeit reluctantly.
Being in the receiving and giving ends, wearing both the hats of an author and an editor, I have seen both the sides of the coin.
I have seen how first-time authors get tossed around by literary agents and publishers alike. So much that they often lose the impetus to approach publishers and some even give up writing altogether. It hits their psychology, as authors are very sensitive people.
I want to extend my services to all.
However, before publishing, you would want your book to be flawless, right? And being a writer I know that no matter how many times you read your writing over and over again, there will be that one 'a author' which has gone undetected, or a 'if' instead of an 'is'. You have overlooked it. Or you may have mentioned a person wearing a 'grey jumpsuit' in the first paragraph, which changed to 'black tracksuit' at the end of the chapter.
These mistakes appear like abrupt stones crunched in your mouth while you are devouring a scrumptious platter, hence, throwing the reader completely off the setting of the novel and making him/her start looking for more mistakes.
Your credibility is lost forever!
These tiny details will never cross your eyes no matter how many times you read your manuscript.
Hence an editor. :)
Editors are not sitting here with tongs and scissors to pounce upon your creations and tear them to shreds. They are professionals who are accustomed to interacting with authors in a mutually respectful way. They have to make a living too and they know that a creative person's feelings are hurt most easily.
You are the author, the rightful owner of the manuscript. We, at Final Draft, are just here to get your baby ready for school. :)
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