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  • Writer's pictureBreanna Call

Why You Absolutely Need an Editor

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

You don’t need to write alone. Editors are here to encourage and guide you.

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Whether you’re publishing a novel or writing a resume for your dream job, chances are you’re looking for an editor. But why are you looking for an editor? Do you really need one? The answer: Yes! You absolutely need an editor. And here’s why.


1. Editors are specialists that know how to enhance your project.

Editors know how to edit. This is a pretty obvious fact. But let’s break down editing and show you how editing will make your project successful.

There are many, many kinds of editors. Editors who edit for magazines. Editors who edit resumes and graduate school applications. Editors who perfect SEO for websites. The list goes on and on. Many editors are skilled in multiple areas.

And on top of that, there are not only different kinds of editors but also different kinds of editing. Content editing focuses on novel outlines and character development. Copyediting corrects grammar and spelling. Proofreading finds errors in page layout and inconsistencies in formatting. If it has to do with words—spoken, printed, or on a screen—editors are specialists who know how to perfect them.

The point is, no matter what you are working on, there are editors out there who know how to help you on your specific project. They have worked through the rough patches that you are encountering. You don’t need to guess or wade through challenges alone. Editors know how to make your project a success. Let them guide you through the process.


2. Editors know the facts you need to know.

Do you know why good novels are rejected from publishers? Do you know what makes or breaks a resume? Do you know what admissions officers are looking for when admitting students into their masters program? Editors do!

Editors research and read extensively. It’s literally their job. They are familiar with publishing firms, writers, and industry standards. And when it comes to their specialty, they have a plethora of knowledge that they want to share with their clients. And if they don’t personally know the answer to your question, they have an entire network of people who can answer it.

Editors are the people who turn outlines into published novels. They are the gatekeepers of written and published articles. They are the refiners of ideas. So when you need industry knowledge or a guide on your publishing journey, reach out to your editor. They are here to help you.


3. Editors are your biggest ally.

Writing is fun, but it can also be a daunting task. That’s where editors come in. Contrary to popular belief, editors do not enjoy editing for the sake of pointing out mistakes or showing how knowledgeable they are when it comes to wielding words. Nope. The truth is editors love editing because they love people.

Hear me out. As an editor, I look at people and see a story behind every person: a memoir waiting to be written, a character in a novel, a walking resume. People are stories. They are full of them. As an avid reader, I have a deep appreciation for every story—even the ones that I don’t agree with. Every person deserves to share their thoughts and perspectives. Every voice matters. And what better way to get that voice out in the world than to write it down?

So, when you hand us a part of your story, we’re excited to polish it and share it with others. Your story, in a small way, becomes our story. We will cherish it and treat it like our own—all while keeping your voice and letting you shine.


We want you to see the value in your personal story. We want you to get that dream job. We want people to relate to your novel. We are here for you. We are cheering you on! You don’t need to go through the ups and downs of writing and revising by yourself. Let an editor be your sounding board, give you a pep talk, and encourage you every step of the way.

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