Neither of my previous books has been subjected to independent, professional editing.
Everything I’ve ever read about how to succeed as a writer tells me this is a mistake.
My aversion to the use of a professional editing service is more than just a reluctance to spend money when there is no certainty of recovering the investment via increased sales. I hate the thought that, once the work has been “interfered with” by a third party it is no longer truly mine. This is almost certainly irrational because the final decision as to whether or not to include the changes suggested by an editor is mine and mine alone. Still, there remains the lingering doubt that, once I accept that a suggested change represents an improvement, that aspect of the work cannot be regarded as uniquely mine.
In recent times I have read traditionally published books, supposedly subjected…