For a book to engage its audience, it must firstly read well and that means good phrasing, proper spelling and no typos! While you may have spent many months writing your manuscript, it is a good idea to get a fresh pair of eyes to read through it at the end. The author is so familiar with the story as a whole that it is easy to overlook the detail. And the detail is crucial if the reader is going to enjoy your book.
So, do you need a professional editor or can a friend do the job for you? The answer depends on the subject matter of the book and how much is in the budget. A professional editor will be quick, efficient and thorough and will allow your project to progress smoothly. However, if money is tight or the subject matter of the book is very technical, you may be able to use a colleague instead. Fact checking can only be done by someone who understands the subject of the book as you do, while anyone with a flair for language can help you with the syntax and spelling. So, our advice is to speak to someone with experience of publishing books and decide from there.