Editing is an important step in the creation of any book. No matter how many times one goes through their work, mistakes can go unseen. It happens a lot to me.
For the independent author, it’s an important step as well. But it’s easily the most expensive one. This article contains some insights by a few indie authors, including how much some of their edits cost.
Whew. For a good edit you’re going to be laying out five or six hundred dollars, minimum. But like most things in life, you get what you pay for, so a really good edit will go for closer to a thousand.
The problem is you don’t know how well your book’s going to do. For an unknown starting out, sales might very well never reach what you paid for getting an edit , much less go above. But it’s such an important step, you really don’t want to skip it. Money-wise, editing is the hardest investment to make in getting your book out there, and one of the main reasons traditional publishers still have relevance today. They provide an author with edits.
Some indie authors get two or three edits. But for someone just starting out, even one can be a challenge. It’s worthwhile, and necessary, I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.
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