I was told recently that every indie author needed to use a professional copy editor. I posed the question on an author’s group I’m a member of and many of the authors recycled the same same speech about indie authors and editing.
We’ve all heard it: “If you don’t use professional editing services, you don’t deserve to be published.” Or, “…My manuscript went through thirty drafts before it was ready…”
I decided to give a professional editing service a chance and sent in the first twenty pages of Two, as per their submission guidelines.
The result is hilarious, but disappointing. The line posted here is what I received from a fifteen year veteran of the profession.
“I have looked over your sample pages and would be pleased to work with you on your manuscript, sword and sorcery being right up my alley. “
To which I replied:
I do wish you good luck with your manuscript and am truly sorry for my error.
Overlapping occurred daily at all times; for instance at two P.M. St.
John’s John’s Newfoundland overlapped with two A.M in Darwin, Australia. Seoul and Sao Paulo overlapped as did Casablanca and Anadyr, Russia.
Regardless, he kept track of them and recorded deviance in the
sun’s sun’s radiance and the moon’s moon’s movement at each location.
She re-wrote words I had written and then crossed out mine.
I know all editing services cannot be this bad, but if this is representative of what I’m going to find, why would indie authors use the services?