Why Use a Professional Editor?

I hear this question a lot. Over the years, I have changed my mind from not wanting a professional editor to not wanting to publish something without a professional editors review. My change came about from reading a lot of books and homework that were not professionally edited and seeing how many of them had mistakes in them.

I asked the authors of those books if they had paid an editor. Each one said no. Their reason was that they didn’t think they needed it. I then explained that the errors in their work made their book less professional. I have also read a lot of work submitted by college students who are not allowed to hire an editor, but achieve the same result. Their work had a lot of errors that took away from their grade. My point is we all make mistake in writing.

To test my theory I sent some of my old work through an editor. She found a lot of mistakes. In some cases, I had read the work a half dozen times. What I didn’t realize was that I was reading the work as it was in my mind. That included mistakes. I was reading right past them.

Now I pay an editor for all of my prose. I am continuing to go through my old work until I get it all professionally edited. Why? Because I want to be proud of the work I do. I cannot in good conscious be proud of something that might contain errors. To answer the title question, I use a professional editor to make my work the best it can be.


About Fred Fanning Author

Fred Fanning currently writes biweekly on his blog fredefanningauthor.com. His published works include the peer-reviewed book Basic Safety Administration-A Handbook for the New Safety Specialist. Fred also authored two editions of the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training and Documentation Principles that was published in the bestselling Safety Professional Handbook and the Safety Professional Handbook Management Applications. He coauthored the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training with Christine Fiori, Ph.D., PE, published in the bestselling Construction Safety Management and Engineering, second edition edited by Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP. Fred also has several self-published books. He has a series called Fred’s Safety Shorts. This is a collection of twelve books on topics related to safety published with Kindle Direct Publishing. Fred self-published another six books using both CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and Kindle Direct Publishing. He has authored fifty-eight articles in various publications on the topics of safety and health and project management. Fred has earned several writing awards for his non-fiction work. Fred has two novels A Walk Among the Dead and Mystery at Devil’s Elbow.
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