Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Master Your Craft

I could be wrong, but I believe we’re moving into an era in which high quality, intensive pre-publication editing is going to be harder and harder to come by. While many publishers are still doing a tremendous job in this area, others have cut their editorial staffs and are spending less time and money on editorial. On top of that, many of you will be going the indie publishing route, in one way or another, within the next few years. The amount of editing you can get for your work will be limited by what you can afford or are willing to pay.

All of this adds up to more books getting into readers’ hands without benefit of the level of tender loving care that used to be considered normal.

Why does it matter?

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Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Books & Such Literary Agency. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Emily Wenstrom on October 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    That’s really too bad–that’s one of the biggest reasons I’d stick with a traditional publisher in the digital age, when self-publishing is on the rise. I guess I’d still benefit from a publisher’s platform? Of course, if they’re not publishing quality anymore, that’s probably not an association I’d even want.

  2. Walt Socha on October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Recovering engineer writes to find reality

  3. Nancy Petralia on October 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Almost caught up. Now a hurricane!

  4. Bellakentuky on October 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Minnesota to Argentina. Alone to Love

  5. MaryAnn on October 26, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Air Force sergeant turned romance writer.

  6. Joseph Baran on October 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    One’s reputation is as good as their writing. And no one wants to be taken lightly.