Writers, you do not need to pay for a professional edit before you even go on submission.

And doing so might actually make your book worse and harder to sell! Let's chat for a minute.

The role of an editor is to look at the raw material you've created and help to shape it into something polished. This is a HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE task.

Anyone who's ever had a writing group will know two people can look at the same thing and give opposite advice on it.

That doesn't stop just because the two people are professional editors. Pacing, characterization, tropes, these can all be matters of taste.

You might be paying someone to make the people who might buy it LESS interested.

And look, multiple drafts don't necessarily make something better! Sometimes the first draft has a rawness that can be gradually worn away, the more fingers touch it.

The Revolution, Brought to You By Nike, as published, is *the first draft.* There were only minor copy edits.

It's great and fine if you love feedback from your writing group, your beta readers, your friends and partners. I personally feel there's a risk even to that – of creating to please a committee – but brains vary and I come from a very different mental landscape than a lot of us.


BUT it is not NECESSARY, it is not REQUIRED, and good god, it isn't something you need to pay for as a price of admission to even have anyone *consider* you seriously.

@andrhia I wish I could boost this entire thread multiple times, I really needed to hear it. Thank you.

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