Even Best-Selling Authors Need Good Editing


“You know, I’ve always been a huge fan of hers. I’ve read every book she’s ever written and loved them all. Until this last one.”

My heart sank as I heard those words from the director of a writers’ conference I’d just spoken at. She was referring to an author I dearly loved myself: one of my all-time favorite authors and someone I’d met at several conferences and knew to be a sweet, lovely woman.

“The concept was intriguing,” she went on. “But it was so poorly edited and filled with mistakes, I couldn’t get into the story.”

“Do you know who published it?” I asked.

She got out her cell phone. Moments later, she confirmed what I had expected.

“That’s a subsidy publisher,” I explained. And not a small startup press. This company had been in business for years and had a positive reputation among industry professionals. I’d recommended it myself to several of my own author-clients.

“Didn’t anybody edit the book before they published it?” Her tone held incredulity.

I cringed at the thought that one of my most beloved authors had published something that had the potential to lose loyal fans instead of gaining new ones.

My friends, this story is not fictional! It actually happened, just as I related.


If you’re a multi-published author with a huge fan base, and you’ve decided to dip your toes into the exciting new world of “indie” publishing, self-publishing, or “hybrid” publishing, please don’t risk losing your faithful followers by putting out a book that has not been as professionally edited as your traditionally published books.

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