on Small Blue Dog:
Like most of the vexing questions I post on this blog, my answer to “Should writers do their own editing?” is both YES and NO.
There are times when we should edit our own work, and times when we need the benefit of someone else’s eyes.
Even though I’ve heard it lots of times, I’m still startled when I hear people say, “Oh, I’ll edit my own book.” I find it’s usually because they’ve been misled about what an editor does. That’s not really surprising when you consider how many of us truly understand what someone else’s job entails.