So you finally finish that novel you’ve been working on for a while now. Congratulations on getting around to telling your story! Now what?
Whether you’re self-publishing or submitting to a publishing house, the most logical (and advantageous) step is to get your work edited. Editing helps shape a manuscript—an editor’s job is not unlike a carver chipping away at a block of wood to completely reveal the work of art underneath all the extra material. Proper editing not only makes a book highly readable and engaging but also highlights the strengths, value, and message of any work.