We all need an editor. Period.
When looking back over my own work my brain fills in the gaps and the page reads exactly the way it’s supposed to. That helps prove that my brain is still working, even when my grasp of English isn’t. You know that silly meme ‘if you can read this…’
Not all editors are created equal, so you need to find someone who not only knows their craft but gels well with your voice as a writer. You also need to work out at which points you need the Concept Editor (primarily creative and craft stuff such as overall structure, consistency, plotholes, pacing) and when you need the Line Editor (primarily technical and craft stuff like grammar, typos, and correct word usage).
You need a good editor because…
- Spellcheck lies.
- ‘Teh’ is not a word
- Fact checking
- That word, I do not think it means what you think it does.
- Pacing, rhythm isn’t just a dancer.
- Plotholes, the reader can’t know what you don’t tell them and rarely likes it when you break your own rules.
- Editors have little-bitty baby editors to feed.
- You need more red ink and strange hieroglyphics on your manuscript.