- Writers can't proofread their own work. (This includes me; I have fellow editors proof my writing.) When you read your own work, you tend to read what you intended to say, rather than what is actually on the page. Grammatical errors distract from your message and devalue your work. I'll catch those bad boys for you.
- You may not know what you're missing. You've lived every word of your book for a long time. You know your story intimately, and it may not always be apparent to you when the information is confusing, or when you've inadvertently left something out. An editor comes to your work with two crucial advantages: a fresh eye and an understanding of the craft.
- Spell checker is not enough. Spell checker is a wondrous invention, and a tool I highly recommend using. It is not, however, infallible. Spell checker does not care whether you meant to use "they're," "their," or "there." The literary agent or publisher reading your manuscript will certainly know the difference. I'll watch for word usage and fix the problems spell checker ignores.
- Let's bring out the best in your work. I'm not here to impose my ideas on your work. My goal is to let your vision shine and to let your voice be heard. It's your book; I'll just help you make it as good as it can possibly be.
You've finished writing your book; now you need an editor. Why? You've spent months, maybe years, polishing your words, bringing your story to life. Why have someone change what you've worked so hard to complete?