It was a last minute decision to have the text portion of my book edited by a professional. It was time I asked for help in order to help me finish my project. I am glad I did. Her corrections showed me that although I was comfortable with my own edits, she gave fresh eyes to the piece and helped me clarify the ideas within my story.
I see this lack of copyediting constantly in self-published works. As an avid reader, it’s obvious when a book has not been reviewed by someone with a firm grasp on grammar and the English language. This is the biggest mistake when it comes to self-publishing. It’s also the most humbling one. You have to be ok that you make mistakes, and then learn to correct them. Having someone point out the inconsistencies can only help you be a better writer. It’s also an investment in your final product – your book.
Finding the right editor is a relationship. You have to be able to work well together. For all those considering going down the path of self-publishing, I highly recommend finding an editor (and hopefully building a relationship with one) whether you have 10 pages or 200.