Originally Posted by Ian Whates
However, it's far easier to spot the minor glitches in someone else's work than your own, so a fresh perspective is always a boon.
Right, that's it... I'll get me coat.
I think that is what I was meaning in my first no doubt blundering way.
I went back and had quite a natter with my friend (the author Helen Hollick). She sent me a lot of good points back that I may post sometime (maybe on my blog if not here as I don't want to dominate this forum. But in brief She wrote that discovering the diamond thing and is basically an evangelist for the need for all authors to take editorial input in some form. She drew a distinction between a proof read and a full edit.
The editor who is looking at my stuff is actually her editor and is also a published author so YES authors can edit (of course they can) but I think the point she would make is that we cant ALL do it and that many people don't have that skill.
I totally agree that you need someone else to go over your book. That then could be a good writers group if they possess the skill, a professional editor or maybe even another author if they are able and willing.
Anyway I guess we have done this point to death.