Five Reasons why you need an Editor in Kenya.
Editing is lifesaving to writers. A good editor will make your work shine, and help you tell your story in the clearest way possible. A good editor will ensure you are bringing out the best of your content.
Here is why:
- Editors will make sure you have structured your sentences, full stops, commas, ellipses, dialogue tags…all these important tools and ingredients in the right way. This is no excuse for you to ignore the rules of language. A writer should be well-versed on language, and the tools it requires to write a good story. The editor helps you refine your language. You don’t want to punish your editor, you want to inspire them to help you polish your work.
- They are your first audience:
- A good editor will resonate with your work. If they read it, engage with it, and interact, then you’re one step closer to reaching a wider audience. Do listen to their advice, even when you don’t want to. It will help you in the long run.
- Your Editor will help guide you in the right direction
- Depending on the relationship you develop with your editor, any conversation you have with your editor can help the direction you take with your work. They will challenge you to break long time habits, explore your talent, and push it beyond the limits you have set yourself as a writer. Be careful to choose an editor you can communicate with. Don’t forget, Editing is a service, shop around until you find the right fit for you.
- Editors keep you honest – If you’re writing fiction, and your editor knows your style, the moment you start to cut corners, your editor will call you out on them and keep you honest.
- They are always right, not always, but most times– This is the hardest thing to take for a writer. The moment your editor reads your work and you find a series of red marks, suggestions and comments. Do not lose your head. Take a walk, then return to your document and give it a second look. You may argue a point out with your editor, sometimes, you may win, most times, you won’t as they are only trying to help you tell your story in a clear manner.
Once you have finished writing your fiction, or non-fiction book, get yourself an editor. Do not mind the cost and take it as an investment. To ensure the fiction/poetry or non-fiction book you produce is polished, and readable. Remember, your book is a product, you want to produce the best content quality possible.
Have you found your right Editor?