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Debatable: Do You Need a Professional Editor?

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Jane Friedman

Writing and publishing advice can sometimes feel obvious or like common sense: Have a fresh concept. Cut everything that’s boring. Keep the reader turning pages. But being able to truly see if you’ve been successful in writing a compelling work requires objectivity and distance that can be hard to achieve on your own—and this is where a professional editor comes in.

There are three primary reasons to hire a professional:

  1. The learning experience: You’ll grow as a writer by working with an expert who can point out your strengths and weaknesses, and give you specific feedback on how to take your work to the next level. Sometimes if you have an excellent mentor ...

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