Do I really need an editor if I’m self-publishing?

Yes! Completing a book is an extraordinary achievement. You’ve devoted a huge amount of time and effort to getting this far. It would be a shame to launch your book without polishing it first.

Even Hilary Mantel, JK Rowling and Bill Bryson have editors — several of them, in fact, brought in to critique and refine the manuscript at different stages of the publishing process.

No one is going to stop you from self-publishing an unedited manuscript, but reviewers can be quick to condemn lacklustre storytelling or sloppy punctuation.

Working with a professional editor will allow you to publish with confidence.