It’s a truth universally acknowledged that an author in possession of a manuscript must be in want of an editor. But how do you choose an editor? How much should you spend? Do you even need editing at all?
Not all repetition is bad. It can be used to emphasize or connect important ideas, like “I have a dream” in MLK’s best-known speech. But most of the time, it’s simply clutter. You want the reader so immersed in your story that they forget they’re reading words on a page. Anything that reminds them of your fingers on the keyboard MUST go.
You’ve written something. You’ve poured all your skill, creativity, and time into it. You’ve made sacrifices to reach the finish line, and you can now congratulate yourself on a job well done. But what’s next? There are so many types of editing: