Self-Editing? Why not?

Should You Self-Edit Your Writing?

      For authors, the temptation to self-edit, possibly saving time and money, is alluring. There is a real sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing your writing, and the urgency to get it in front of readers is real, too. However, there is a flip side to this positivity. Rushing through the editing process leads to a subpar product that reflects poorly on your reputation. Errors and typos, even if they are sparse, tell the reader that your work was not properly edited, and makes you look unprofessional. An author, especially a new author, can easily talk themselves into self-editing. “Why do I need to spend hundreds of dollars? My writing is good enough!” These are common and rational thoughts that occurs to many writers. However, there is A LOT of competition in academia and if you want to ensure you have the best chances of getting published, then you need to have a professional and polished final product.

      For authors, the temptation to self-edit, possibly saving time and money, is alluring. However, there is A LOT of competition in academia and if you want to ensure you have the best chances of getting published, then you need to have a professional and polished final product.

Seeking out a professional editor is wise, even if you are a skilled writer or a native English speaker. Here are the key reasons why you need a professional editor:

You Miss Things

      Even after countless hours of thorough re-reads, you are going to miss things that an editor will see. Even if you have a friend or colleague edit your work, they will see things you missed when they look it over with their fresh eyes. There is a natural bias that occurs when a writer reads his or her own work. Most professional writers or seasoned academics are in the habit of utilizing beta readers, usually close friends, peers, or editors that they know and trust. This is because subconsciously, when you read your own work, you read it as you want it to be read and your mind fills or covers up mistakes. When this happens, you will skim over awkward phrasing, or miss even simple grammatical errors. An editor who has a trained and critical eye will see things that you cannot. 

An Editor Will Offer Other Recommendations

      When sending out a manuscript for editing, you probably expect to get a revised draft with suggested edits within a few days. Skilled editors not only provide revisions for grammar and language usage, but they can point out awkward wording, or problems with readability. Moreover, they can offer insight into the organization and logical structure of your paper. To do this, it is critical that the editor has a full understanding of your field and subject matter, and that’s why APE FIX makes sure that your editor is skilled and knowledgeable in your field of study. To make sure your paper is structured and organized in the best way possible, it is crucial to have your work edited before publication. Submitting your research to a journal without getting an editor puts you at a huge risk of rejection for things that could have been easily fixed by an editor.

Readers and journals can tell

      Even if you read your manuscript multiple times and are a skilled writer, you WILL miss things. An editor, whose job it is to read the manuscript with a keen eye for errors, is simply be more objective. Journals and peer reviewers can tell if a work has been professionally edited or not. Many times, it’s small mistakes that give it away – things like:

-Misplaced or missing commas

-Affect instead of effect

-No space after a period

     Small mistakes like these, even if they are infrequent, are perfect examples of errors that can cost you dearly. When the competition for publication is so tough, even if your research is good, minor writing errors can the difference between being accepted for publication or not. Even if they seem trivial, journals can see them as red flags, and with each one they come across, the perceived quality (deserving or not) of your work diminishes.

When the competition for publication is so tough, even if your research is good, minor writing errors can the difference between being accepted for publication or not.

     Whatever your writing goals are, it ALWAYS pays off to have additional sets of eyes on your manuscript. Although hiring a professional editor is best, we encourage everyone have at least a friend proofread your work before submitting it. While it can be tempting to self-edit, sacrificing quality to save some time or money is not worth the risk. Contact us today and find out how we can help.

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