Alana Alsop Editing
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WHAT DOES AN EDITOR DO?
What Does An Editor Do?
By Alana Alsop
Editors are doctors. You bring us your work, and we ignore the blood and tears that were shed over it and get to work finding gaps, fixing holes, and knitting together words, phrases, and paragraphs to make your book whole.
Editors are craftsmen. You bring us the rough wood that is your manuscript, and before getting out a single tool, we hold it in our minds, spin it around, and look at it from every angle. Then, we carefully choose the best instrument for the job and get to work, shaving off a bit here, cutting some from there and re-purposing it for something else.
An editor is a maid. We polish and buff your manuscript until it looks its best and is ready for public viewing.
An editor is a makeup artist. We cover the flaws and help you highlight your book’s best features. But, most of all, an editor is your best friend. We are the friend you hate calling because we are always brutally honest, to the point, and usually right.
Every writer needs an editor. It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve written, or which writing program you graduated from, if you plan on writing something and publishing it, you need one. Doctors don’t operate on themselves, and you shouldn’t try to edit your own work. You are much too close to your manuscript to see the imperfections, and you would do yourself a disservice by skipping this step. Also, it’s pretty embarrassing to submit your book to an agent or publisher only to read “you need an editor” on the rejection letter. Want to learn more, call for a free consultation.