Editing

Self-Editing versus Pro Editing: What You Can (and Can’t) Do Yourself

by John Robert Marlow

Self-Editing versus Pro Editing: What You Can (and Can’t) Do Yourself
by John Robert Marlow

It’s no secret that the publishing and film industries are getting tougher, with more submissions competing for fewer spots. The bar has been raised, and first-time writers whose work would have been accepted a few short years ago might now be turned away at the door. To understand why editing can keep that door open, it helps to view things from the editor’s / agent’s / publisher’s / producer’s perspective.

WRITING AS COMBAT

Publishing and film are among the most competitive industries in the world. When you approach an agent or publisher or production company, you’re no longer competing on a local or even regional level; you’re stepping into a global arena and going head-to-head with writers from all over the world.

Most of these writers are bad to average. Some are terrible. But some are very, very good. And if you step into the ring with one (or several) of them—unprepared—chances are, you’re going to get clobbered. Read more…