The writer stared morosely at the well-worn manuscript lying dejectedly on his coffee table. After founding a company with quarterly returns in 8 figures, one would expect that a book would be a walk-over. With a landmark birthday around the corner, he thought to share his story and the lessons he gleaned along the way.  Unfortunately, he had a problem, his book just wasn’t coming together and he didn’t have it in him to fix it. His friend, Gbenga, after reviewing, had offered his sincerest feedback, that his story was a good one but it lacked verve. He completely understood that but he didn’t know how else to tell this story, which he knew had to be told.

Mercifully, this story ends happily, he found professional editors and the book turned out a massive success.

It’s simple, life is arranged in phases and this is applicable for the lifespan of a book in production. There is the phase where you know you have to tell this story, or share these nuggets. It comes as a nagging thought you can’t shake off which plagues you all day and night. In response you put those thoughts to paper like a person possessed until you are all spent. After this, you realize something is just not right. At this juncture, your book needs a professional editor’s touch.

Please note, whether it feels right or not, you will be doing yourself and your literary legacy a major disservice to publish any work without editing first.

While selling is prerequisite to becoming a bestselling author, quality editing elevates your book’s relevance.

Let’s show you more reasons why professional editing is a non-negotiable part of a book’s development:

1) Excellent Language Use

Beyond correcting grammatical errors, a professional editor gives your content a facelift through improved word usage. Sometimes your writing lacks literary style, technique or flow so your content appears stiff and boring. In addition, there is the tendency to use particular words and phrases repeatedly. Professional editing makes your writing easily comprehensible, error-free and excellent.

2) Clarity of Message

It may have been deduced from the previous point, but for clarity sake (pun intended), it should be stated that professional editing makes your message clearer to the reader. The scenario we painted earlier shows how a manuscript can be all over the place. In our line of work, from what we have seen, this is almost a norm. It is completely understandable, because most manuscripts are jumbled as they are most likely written on an adrenalin rush. Under an editor’s scrutiny and scalpel, the book takes proper form, and the message unravels clearly.

3) Objectivity

A professional editor is more concerned with helping you publish a great book than hurting your feelings, so you can expect honest, constructive criticism. While a friend or colleague might be hesitant to point out your mistakes, an editor will critique and work with you to improve your work.

4) Publishing Guidance

A professional editor will do more than provide editing services because they are committed to seeing your book on the bestseller list. An editor with experience understands the publishing process and will give guidance on how best to develop your book till marketing phase. In addition, an editor worth their salt will also have a network of professionals in the publishing value chain that will be highly helpful to you.

Thankfully, over here at SageWorks we are not only professional editors, but experts at every phase of a book production’s lifespan.

You have done well to write that manuscript, now give your book a treatment it truly deserves, the Sage treatment. We will be thrilled to work with you. Simply email us now: hello@sageworks.com