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Do I Really Need an Editor?

Updated: Aug 13

You may be asking yourself, “Do I really need an editor?”


The answer is if you are a writer who wants to be taken seriously, then yes, you do need an editor. At the very least, you need a proofreader. We’ll come back to the difference between the two later….


For now, though, let’s explore why you need an editor.


Again, all writers need an editor. I have taught college writing for over 20 years, and I wouldn’t dream of publishing anything online or anywhere else without asking my colleague to edit it first. I know I need that fresh set of eyes on the piece. When you have spent an hour or a day or more looking at a piece, it’s easy to start overlooking problems.


Professional editors have advanced style and grammar skills. Not only can they help ensure your writing is mechanically correct, but they can also help you make it shine. You want your writing—whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, informative or sales-oriented—to look and sound professional.


Modern professional editors understand flexibility in writing and have diverse skill sets to match. We know that writing for a novel, writing for an academic purpose, and writing for a website require different approaches. We can help you match your style to your medium.

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