I decided to try something new with my latest book, Turn Your World Around in 80 Days, by hiring a professional editor. This particular project is near and dear to my heart, and I wanted it to be as good as it could possibly be. It took several weeks of research to find an editor that charged a reasonable price and possessed the expertise to do justice to my subject matter. I sent a sample of my manuscript and received such great feedback that I immediately moved to the next step.
The initial edit took about three weeks, then I used the track changes feature of Microsoft Word to accept or reject each of the edits made. The editor also included comments to help strengthen the structure of my writing and maintain a consistent style and tone. A large portion of the manuscript had to be rewritten, but the finished product was so much better than it would have been if I hadn't enlisted the help of an editor.
If you want to produce a quality book, I highly recommend engaging the services of a professional editor. Do your homework and find one who understands your genre and whose prices are within your budget.