Why You Need a Professional Editor, Not a Friend, to Review Your Work

WritingEvery writer needs an editor. Period. End of story.
It doesn’t matter if you’re self-publishing or writing ebooks that can be corrected later. Your work is not perfect and can always be improved.
Chances are good, you’re acutely aware of the need for editing. However, if you’re just getting started, you may think you can’t afford an editor and instead, you ask a friend or relative to review the piece.
That’s not the best idea. People you know don’t want to hurt your feelings, so they won’t offer truly unbiased feedback. Therefore, you won’t receive the kind of constructive criticism that ultimately improves your work.
The best editors are professionally trained. You need an expert who is skilled in language and can correct your mistakes. So even if your mom majored in English, she probably won’t find all the grammatical errors in your manuscript. (No offense to English-major moms.)
Here are some other reasons you need to hire a professional editor:
  1. Cost-effectiveness. Professional editors review other people’s work for a living. Therefore, they can do it faster and better than you can do it yourself. At some point, you must consider your own time as a resource and the more of it you spend editing, the less time you have to send query letters, market yourself and work on new projects.
  1. Reputation. Even if you self-publish, the work had better be edited. Otherwise, you risk your reputation before you even get started in the publishing world. Readers won’t come back for more if they find tons of grammatical errors and poorly constructed sentences in your books.
  1. Sounding board. Editors and writers must work together for product development. True, your words are like your children and you probably think they’re perfect. But books – regardless of how they’re published – are a product that must be packaged in a way that’s attractive to consumers. Editors can help you see aspects of your work that need to be improved before being offered to the masses.
Writers need professional editors to help them correct mistakes and prepare their books for sale. Find a way to hire a skilled editor who can move your career forward instead of relying on the good intentions of friends and neighbors.
We have heard great things about Janet Angelo, an Editor at IndieGo Publishing. Janet is a perfectionist of an editor with more than ten years of experience, and her rates are reasonable. Check out her portfolio of edited books on Reedsy, just a small sampling of the hundreds of books she has edited for independent authors.

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the MasterpiecesKitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is book 5 in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series. It was published in February 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon. Genres: Young Adult, Action/Adventure, Mystery

 

Synopsis:
Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is the eagerly anticipated fifth instalment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency book series. This series features the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot and amateur detective Kitty Hawk as she continues in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart on her epic flight around the world.
After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh – all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone’s noses.
With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour across a quintessentially European landscape – from ancient Roman Italy to the darkest corners of Germany, Austria and beyond.
As with the previous books in the series, this new installment is perfect for firing the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history, this exhilarating adventure will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they attempt to help Kitty Hawk try and solve the extraordinarily bizarre Mystery of the Masterpieces.

 

Excerpt from Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces:
PROLOGUE
There Has To Be A Rationale Explanation…
It was the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life.
With my skin crawling with goose bumps, I listened as the psychopathic tinkling song of a child’s music box quickly faded into the high-pitch hiss of static and was quickly replaced by a sound that brought new meaning to the phrase of having one’s blood run cold. My knees literally went weak at just the sound of it, threatening to collapse under me like watery rubber.
Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, I thought to myself over and over again as my mind raced to find some explanation for the completely bizarre and otherworldly sounds that I was hearing. There has to be a rational explanation for this. This is real life, not a horror movie. There has to be something that somehow explains this!
These were all reasonable assumptions, of course, but what I was hearing was so completely fantastical that it seemed to defy all attempts at finding a sensible or logical explanation.
I closed my eyes for an instant as the room began to swim dizzily out of focus around me. My heart was beating so fast that my brain was simply overwhelmed by sensory input and it took me a second or two to recover from the wave of sudden lightheaded vertigo that had washed over me.
This can’t be happening, I told myself. Of course it was happening, but my brain simply refused to accept that it was real and the resulting disorientation made me feel like my entire world had suddenly been turned upside down, leaving me confused and struggling to find solid ground.
But I was determined to find my feet again.
Just breathe, I told myself as I took a very deep breath, which instantly began to make me feel a little bit more in control. I slowly exhaled and opened my eyes again, repeating this thought over and over like a mantra until I finally began to get a hold of myself.
Already feeling much better, I forced myself to take another breath and concentrate on exactly what it was that I was hearing. It was a voice–a woman’s voice that was supposed to sound human but there was actually nothing human about it. The voice was also speaking English, but what it was saying made absolutely no sense whatsoever and the effect of it was fiendishly unnerving.
There has to be a rational explanation for this, I told myself again as I glanced over at the others and forced myself to stand my ground. Of course, in the end there was a completely rational explanation for all of it. But little did I know how far I would have to go to try and find it or how many answers would still be left unsolved once I did.

 

About the Author:
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations. Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, the dragon of the month club, and The Wizards of Waterfire Series. To learn more, go to Iain’s WebsiteTwitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.
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The Run Begins by J. Frank James

The Run Begins Book CoverThe Run Begins, by J. Frank James, is the prequel to the Lou Malloy Crime Series. It was published in August 2013 and is available for sale on Amazon.

 

Synopsis:
Lou Malloy is 18 years old and ready for the world… but is the world ready for him? His brother Sam has left and his sister wants to move to Florida with the family. Malloy is having none of it and on a wild moment decides to hop on a rail car, unsure of where he is going. The important thing is that he will no longer be in Kansas, but the problem is that he doesn’t have any money. Henry Lowe, who is in the same rail car, offers Malloy the deal of a lifetime… All he has to do is help Lowe rob a casino in Georgia. With the promise of a big payday, Malloy takes part in a scheme that will seal his fate forever.
What starts off as a quick way for Malloy to get a share of $15 million turns into a run for his life. Malloy learns the hard way that nothing comes easy when you’re alone and your life is about change forever…

 

Excerpt from The Run Begins:
Chapter 1
“What are you thinking about, Louie?” asked Sam.
“Don’t call me Louie. That’s a name for a duck,” I said. “You know I don’t like it.”
“How do you think I feel when you call me Sammy?”
“Never thought about it,” I said.
“So, what are you thinking about, L-o-o-o?”
“I’m thinking about flattening your nose.”
“When are you going to quit fighting with everyone?” Sam asked.
“Can’t help it if I like to fight. Besides, makes me feel good when I win,” I said.
“Fighting doesn’t solve anything. You need to find something else to occupy your time,” said Sam.
Sam was older than me by four years, but I was bigger, faster, and tougher, and because I was, I caught all the action. Sam’s idea of a fight was something you did with gloves, a ring, and rules.
“Lou, you need to be thinking of your future.”
“Been thinking about it,” I said.
“You going to tell me?”
“I might like to be a boxer,” I said.
“I give up,” said Sam. “Are you ever going to take things seriously?”
“What about you, Sam?” I said. “What do you want to be?”
“I’m going to Hollywood and make pictures,” said Sam.
I gave out a horse’s laugh when I heard that.
“Dad wouldn’t even let us go to a movie, unless it was Brown’s, much less make them,” I said. “You’re crazy. Dad would never allow it.”
“In about four months I’ll be twenty-one. Besides, there’s nothing he can do about it after I leave.”
“Not me,” I said. “I’m staying right here until something really good comes along.”
“Like what, wise guy?” Sam said. “We’re in the Middle of Nowhere, Kansas and nothing good ever stays here long enough to matter.”
“Maybe I’ll surprise you,” I said.

 

J. Frank JamesAbout the Author:
J. Frank James is the author of crime thriller novels. His books are gripping and suspenseful.
Jim’s novels have the elements necessary of good crime novels that keep readers glued to the pages from start to finish. Although Jim’s crime novels are fiction works, they are exciting to read because of their authentic nature. They are written with the backing of Jim’s experience in law, so they are believable situations that have the readers wanting to find out what happens next just like they would in any crime situation.
They offer the readers just enough information to keep them guessing and trying to solve the crimes until the end of the books when they are actually revealed. Jim’s books are also fresh and unique takes on crime as well, though. They are not the same whodunit type books that have been done over and over again. By infusing his personal travels into his books, Jim creates characters and atmospheres based on just enough truth to be relatable.
Plus, Jim’s books have everything in them from robbery to prison to family. They have hard and soft elements simultaneously to really capture the life of a hardened criminal who is still very human and struggles with the same human emotions as the rest of society. At the same time, Jim gives the reader perspectives from private investigators to balance out the story.
Jim’s books even have a hit of romance when his characters come to care for each other as more than just friends. Then, crime and love mixes to create a dynamic atmosphere that is even more complicated than ever before since characters care not only for each other but for their other family members as well. Jim has an amazing way of incorporating various elements into his latest crime novels to create thrillers that readers cannot get enough of, which is perhaps why all four of his books so far carry on one from the other to continue the same story concerning the hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison, Lou Malloy and who comes to be his partner, private investigator, Hilary Kelly. The two of them go it together to create gripping stories that keep readers coming back for more.
Jim is an artist and creates all of his own book covers.
To learn more, go to http://www.jfrankjamesbooks.com/
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